Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Cops: Man got girl out of school 10 times; now both missing

Cops: Man got girl out of school 10 times; now both missing

A 45-year-old married man signed a 16-year-old Allentown girl out of a charter school 10 times between November and February, according to court documents, and since police started asking questions, the pair have gone missing.

Amy Yu, 16, told staff at her school on Pennsylvania that Kevin Esterly, 45, was her stepfather so that he would be allowed to sign her out.

School records show Esterly signed Amy out of school 10 times between November 13 and February 9 without her parents' permission, police said. A warrant for Esterly's arrest for interference with the custody of children was issued on Wednesday, according to Pennsylvania court records. Hammer told ABC News the girl's mother arrived to pick her up at Lehigh Valley Academy on February 9 and school workers said she'd left with her stepfather.

Yu reportedly had altered her student records to list Esterly as her stepfather, according to Gary Hammer of the Colonial Regional Police.

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They say they even have video of Esterly, the man she claimed was her stepfather, signing the form, and walking out the front door with the teen.

Amy changed her emergency contact list to add Esterly as a "family member" before disappearing.

Yu's younger brother and mother told WFMZ-TV that the two families met at church years ago and Amy is friends with one of Esterly's daughters.

Police describe Yu as a 4'10 Asian female weighing around 90 lbs while Esterly is described as a 5'9 white male weighing 185 lbs.

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Amy was last seen by her brother who said she fled after being dropped off with him by their mother at their school bus stop.

Luu called police and Esterly "has not stepped foot on school grounds" since that day, Susan Mauser, the school's CEO, told The Morning Call.

According to Inside Edition, Esterly's wife "told police she last saw her husband at 6:05 a.m. Monday" on March 5.

They describe Amy as a well-liked girl with lots of friends who always helped take care of her brother, John. She also revealed that he had withdrawn $4,000 from her bank account and had taken some personal documents. "We can't comment on student matters or this specific case but we hope that Amy comes home safely and soon", the school said in a statement. "If seen or located you are strongly urged to call 911, your local police department, or the Allentown Police Communications Center at 610-437-7751 and report their location to the Allentown Police Department".

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