Cancun, Q.R. — Mexico has issued an Amber Alert for a missing American girl they say entered the country via the city of Cancun earlier this month.
The alert comes after the girl’s mother reported her missing March 5. The girl is 16-year-old Amy Yu of Allentown Pennsylvania who has reportedly willingly left with 45-year-old American Kevin Esterly.
The pair were reported missing when Amy failed to return home after school. Allentown police revealed they received information two days later that the pair took a one-way flight to Cancun from Philadelphia.
“Prior to the Amber Alert in Mexico, the information that Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly were likely in Mexico was not released as it is believed that Kevin Esterly and/or Amy Yu are monitoring media reports,” police said in a news release Friday.
John Waldron, who is the attorney for Kevin Esterly’s wife Stacey, told ABC News that over the years, Amy had become like a fifth daughter to their family, adding that had changed over the past “eight or nine months” when Kevin became sexually involved with Amy.
According to the police report, Amy’s mother Miu Luu reported that after her daughter’s disappearance, items including jewelry, money and documents had been noticed missing.
Gary Hammer of the Colonial Regional Police explained that Amy and Kevin met at a church and that she was friends with one of Kevin’s daughters. In December, Amy altered her school records adding Kevin Esterly as her stepfather, who between December and February, had signed her out of school early at least 10 times.
On Friday, Allentown police sent a public message to the 16-year-old, “Amy, if you are uncertain how to come home or who to contact for help, you may simply reach out to a law enforcement official, a resort staff member or contact your mom via text message, email or social media, and we will work to reunite you with your family right away.”