The 45-year-old man that ran off to Mexico with a 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl has been arrested and the girl has been located by authorities.
Kevin Esterly and Amy Yu were detained Friday in Playa del Carmen, the Allentown police said. An Amber Alert had been issued for the duo by Mexican authorities on Thursday.
'Esterly was placed into custody by Mexican authorities. Amy is unharmed and in good health.,' Allentown police said in a statement, according to WFMZ.
Kevin Esterly and Amy Yu were detained Friday, the Allentown police said. An Amber Alert had been issued for the duo by Mexican authorities on Thursday
'Esterly was placed into custody by Mexican authorities. Amy is unharmed and in good health.,' Allentown police said in a statement
'They will be escorted back to the United States to Miami Florida by Homeland Security Investigations agents and United States Marshall Service deputies. Once back in the United States, arrangements will be made to get Amy back to Allentown to be reunited with her mother. Esterly will be turned over to the Miami Police Department and then the extradition process will begin to bring him back to Allentown.'
Esterly will face a charge of interference with the custody of a child.
Mexican authorities on Thursday issued an Amber Alert saying that police believe Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly are in the country, and the teen may be in danger.
The two vanished on March 5, shortly after authorities were notified the pair may have been involved in a romantic relationship. Yu's family previously said the two met at church years ago, and the girl is friends with one of Esterly's daughters.
Bulletin: Mexican authorities on Thursday issued an Amber Alert saying that police believe missing Amy Yu, 16, and Kevin Esterly, 45, are in the country
Yu (left) has not been seen since March 5 when she is believed to have disappeared with Esterly (right), the father of one of her friends, from Allentown, Pennsylvania
School records show Esterly signed Yu out of school 10 times between November 13 and February 9. Police say the teen had changed school documents to list him as her stepfather.
Her mother, Mui Luu, said she feels betrayed. Esterly and Yu had gotten so close she often went on his family's vacations and Esterly had gone to Luu's home for meals.
Luu says she also found text messages suggesting Esterly and her daughter where in a romantic relationship.
'I want to tell her: 'Amy, can you come back to me? I love you. I just hope you come back','