Missing Pa. Teen, 45-Year-Old Man Found in Mexico

Kevin Esterly is being charged with interference with the custody of a child
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 18, 2018 6:11 AM CDT
Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly. On Saturday, March 17, 2018, authorities said the missing Pennsylvania teenager and the 45-year-old man who frequently signed her out of school without her parents' permission...   (Allentown Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – Authorities say a missing Pennsylvania teenager and a 45-year-old man who frequently signed her out of school without her parents' permission have been located in Mexico, reports the AP, and the man has been arrested. The Allentown Morning Call reports US and Mexican authorities found Kevin Esterly and 16-year-old Amy Yu in Playa del Carmen on Saturday. They are being returned to the US. Esterly was taken into custody and will face a charge of interference with the custody of a child when he arrives in Pennsylvania.

The newspaper reports police have told Amy's mother that her daughter was found unharmed. "For two weeks, I’ve had trouble sleeping and eating," Miu Luu said. "I’m very happy." Esterly and Amy had been missing since March 5; it had previously been discovered that Esterly, a longtime family friend and married father of Amy's best friend, had signed Amy out of school 10 times between November and February. Police issued a missing person alert and filed a warrant for Esterly's arrest. They believe the teen went willingly with him.

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