By Amir Vera, CNN
(CNN)– Almost 2 weeks after a 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl vanished with a 45-year-old man, the set was discovered Saturday in Mexico and the man was apprehended, authorities say.
Amy Yu was “unscathed and in great health,” Allentown cops stated in a statement.
She and Kevin Esterly, the guy cops state she willingly ran away with, were escorted to Miami by United States Homeland Security Investigations agents and the United States Marshals Service.
Amy has actually been securely gone back to her family in Pennsylvania, according to a declaration from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security private investigators.
Esterly’s arrest comes 2 days after Mexico’s Attorney General released an Amber Alert for Amy. The alert stated Esterly was the suspect in her disappearance and that an examination revealed she was in Mexico with Esterly. Her well-being, the alert stated, was at risk.
CNN has actually connected to Mexico’s chief law officer and the federal authorities for comment, but has not heard back.
Esterly was expected to be extradited back to Pennsylvania.
Mui Luu, Amy’s mom, informed CNN that Esterly understood the household from church, which she’s known Esterly considering that her daughter was 11. Esterly himself, she stated, has 4 daughters and an other half.
Amy was a student at Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School, which verified to CNN that Esterly was last present at the school February 9. Eventually after that, school CEO Susan Mauser stated, the school restricted him from school grounds. But Mauser stated she could not elaborate, citing personal privacy concerns.
The cops were to be informed if Esterly went back to the school, Mauser stated.
Allentown Police Chief William Reinik said Esterly signed Amy out of school numerous times and that their relationship had actually been “going on for at least a year.” Amy listed Esterly as her stepfather on her emergency contact kind, according to CNN affiliate WFMZ. An affidavit of probable cause, acquired by WFMZ, mentions Esterly signed Amy from school 10 times.
Cops said Esterly and Amy exchanged hundreds of text messages, WFMZ reported. Amy’s mom stated the texts check out as though Amy was texting her sweetheart.
Mauser stated the school is working carefully with both Allentown authorities and the Colonial Regional Cops Department, which has jurisdiction of the location where the school lies.
The school is “supplying whatever details and help we can to assist them and Amy’s household throughout this tough time,” Mauser said.
It was also around early February that Esterly and his other half, Stacy, went to Amy’s home. During the interaction, Amy’s mother called cops, who cautioned the Esterlys to keep away from their house.
“It was a meeting that time,” John Yu, Amy’s brother, informed CNN. “My next-door neighbors were there and my good friends were there. My mama’s buddy was there. They were yelling about they think that Amy and Kevin are sleeping together and doing stupid stuff.”
Kevin Esterly was angry, John Yu stated, and denied his relationship with Amy. CNN’s attempts to reach his other half, Stacy Esterly, have actually been not successful.
On March 5, Amy’s mother reported her as a runaway after she failed to return from school that day, Allentown cops stated. It was believed Amy boarded her school bus that early morning, but cops stated they later on found out she never got on her bus.
2 days later on, Esterly was reported missing by a member of the family, police said.
Amy’s mother stated cash, precious jewelry and her child’s individual files were missing out on, inning accordance with court documents, and Esterly’s spouse stated $4,000 along with his personal files were missing out on.
“They know or prepared to do this,” John Yu stated. “I believe it was both of their concepts since Amy is not that silly.”
The age of authorization in Pennsylvania is 16, inning accordance with the Pennsylvania Union Versus Rape. Those who are at least 16 can lawfully consent to sex, the group stated, as long as the other individual doesn’t have authority over them.
A passenger on a Cancun-bound flight told CNN he was “close to 100% particular” he saw Esterly and Amy boarding the airplane with him at Philadelphia International Airport on March 5.
Frank Castrovinci stated he saw a young Asian lady with “long, straight hair” and a man in his 40s with glasses who boarded the airplane late. They were asking individuals to change seats so they could sit together. Each had a “knapsack or duffle bag example.”
“My initial ideas were, here’s a guy who adopted a girl and she looked clearly much more youthful,” he stated. “I thought it was fascinating that the mother wasn’t there.”
It was throughout the flight that Castrovinci says he observed, through their body actions, that they weren’t family.
“It appeared odd the method she was leaning up against him and how he was rubbing her leg and it seemed like his hand was shuddering a little bit,” he stated.
When Castrovinci returned house March 8, he stated he looked at the regional news and instantly recognized the young Asian girl and middle-aged male on TV as the very same people he saw on the aircraft.
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