On Wednesday, police issued a missing persons alert for a Pennsylvania teen girl who disappeared after a 45-year-old man allegedly signed her out of school, after being warned to stay away from her.
NBC reports that Miu Yu, the mother of 16-year-old Amy Yu had already called school officials at Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School in Hanover Township, Northampton County, to inquire about Kevin Esterly illegally checking her child out of school on Monday.
The school’s administration couldn’t confirm whether Esterly was on the list of approved adults to check Amy out of school, but a warrant taken out for his arrest indicated that he checked Amy out of school at least 10 times between November 13 and February 9, without the consent of her parents.
Allentown police just issued missing persons alert for a 16-year-old Amy Yu and a 45-year-old Kevin Esterly who could be traveling together. Both missing since Monday and possibly endangered. @mcall pic.twitter.com/gwf72KZeLx
— Manuel Gamiz (@MannyPantalones) March 7, 2018
Court records indicate that the teen and the suspect have been in a secret relationship. He was previously warned by police to stay away from the girl. Esterly, a married man, has no permanent address but according to The Morning Call, owns property with his wife in Lowhill Township.
On February 15, police arrived to the Yu home after Miu contacted them. When authorities arrived, Esterly and his wife were there, and deputies warned the suspect to stay away from the girl. It’s still unclear why Esterly and his wife, Stacy, were at the Yu home to begin with.
Amy’s mother reported her missing after she failed to come home from school on Monday. Her mother also noticed her daughter’s jewelry and other personal belongings missing from the family home. Esterly’s wife told police on Monday that her husband took $4,000 from her bank account. She also said his personal documents were missing. On Wednesday, police issued an alert for the teen and the suspect.
Esterly is described as a white male who stands 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 185 pounds. Amy is described as an Asian female who stands 4 feet 11 inches and weighs 90 pounds.
The pair may be traveling in Esterly’s red, 2-door 1999 Honda Accord with Pennsylvania license plate, KTL0529. They were last seen close to Amy’s home off of North 18th Street on early Monday morning.
Anyone with any information should contact 911 or the Allentown police at 610-437-7751 immediately.
[Feature Photo: Kevin Esterly and Amy Yu/Police Handout]