The mother of a missing 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl, who is believed to have disappeared with a 45-year-old, is begging for her daughter to return.
Amy Yu has not been seen since March 5 when she is believed to have disappeared with Kevin Esterly, the father of one of her friends, from Allentown.
Police say Esterly signed Yu out of school at least 10 times between November 13 and February 9 without her mother’s permission or knowledge.
Her mother, Mui Luu, said she feels betrayed. Esterly and Yu had gotten so close she often went on his family’s vacations and Esterly had gone to Luu’s home for meals.
Luu says she also found text messages suggesting Esterly and her daughter where in a romantic relationship.
‘I want to tell her: ‘Amy, can you come back to me? I love you. I just hope you come back’,’ she told CBS News.
Amy Yu (left) has not been seen since March 5 when she is believed to have disappeared with Kevin Esterly, 45 (right), the father of one of her friends, from Allentown, Pennsylvania
Her mother, Mui Luu, (pictured, left, with Yu) dropped her daughter off at the bus stop the day she disappeared and is now begging for her daughter to return
Yu’s brother, John (pictured), said it seemed Esterly wanted to help his sister. ‘We never knew. Now I think he’s a very bad guy and Amy’s not hanging out with the right person,’ he said
The girl had altered her student records to list Esterly as her stepfather, said Gary Hammer, of the Colonial Regional Police
When Yu’s mother came to pick her daughter up from school on February 9, the school said her stepfather had already signed her out.
‘The mom explained she is a single mother,’ Hammer told ABC News. ‘There is no stepfather.’
Esterly was subsequently warned to stay away from the teen.
Yu and Esterly were in a ‘secretive relationship’ which was laid bare in text messages between them which her mother discovered on her phone.
It is not clear if she found them before or after they went missing together.
On March 5, the pair are believed to have left Allentown in a 1999 Red Honda Accord with Pennsylvania plates.
Amy was last seen by her brother, John, who said she fled after being dropped off with him by their mother at their school bus stop.
Esterly had signed Yu out of Lehigh Valley Academy school 10 times between November and February 9 after she changed school records to say he is her stepfather
Esterly and his wife Stacey befriended Yu’s family through the church they both attend. She is friends with one of his daughters, seen with him above
Stacey told police that her husband withdrew $4,000 in cash from their accounts before he vanished with Amy on March 5
He told CBS’s Meg Oliver he was upset: ‘Why would a 45-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl … like, that’s disgusting!’
Before fleeing, Esterly withdrew $4,000 from his bank accounts, his wife Stacey told police.
Luu discovered after her daughter vanished that she had taken some of jewelry, her passport and cash.
She said that the family met the Esterly family through church.
Luu discovered after her daughter vanished that she had taken some of jewelry, her passport and cash (Pictured, Esterly with Yu and his children)
Prosecutors have charged Esterly with interference of custody of children. Yu’s charter school has also banned him from school grounds since last month (Pictured, Esterly with Yu and his children)
They had them over for dinner at least once and Yu’s brother said it seemed the man wanted to help his sister.
‘We never knew. Now I think he’s a very bad guy and Amy’s not hanging out with the right person,’ John told WFMZ.
‘We need her to come back.’
Prosecutors have charged Esterly with interference of custody of children. Yu’s charter school has also banned him from school grounds since last month.