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Missing American teen, married abductor, found in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The missing American teenager who willingly ran off with a married man to Cancun has been found and returned back to the United States.

Authorities say that 16-year-old Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly, 45, were located in the seaside resort city of Playa del Carmen. Esterly was arrested while Yu was secured by authorities for her return home.

In an interview with ABC News, Yu’s mother confirmed the news, “I’m really happy. Please let everyone know.”

The pair had been gone for two weeks after her mother reported her missing March 5 after failing to return home from school. US authorities were tipped that the pair had entered Mexico.

Mexico put out an Amber Alert on Yu after the pair were found to have crossed the border into the resort city of Cancun.

According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations release, the pair were found together in Playa del Carmen. In an joint effort, Mexican and US officials identified the pair and Esterly was arrested by Mexican police.

Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia reported, “HSI is happy that United States citizen, Amy Yu, a 16-year-old juvenile runaway, has been safely returned to Pennsylvania.”

Allentown Police Chief Glen Dorney stated, “Amy is unharmed and in good health” adding that she will be reunited with her mother once she is back in Allentown.

Both Esterly and Yu were flown to Miami where Esterly is expected to be released to the Miami Police Department. He will then likely be extradited back to Allentown, Pennsylvania where he will face a felony charge of custodial interference.

Police say that Esterly signed Yu out of school while falsely claiming to be her stepfather and withdrew $4,000 cash from his wife’s bank account.