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Yu and Esterly's 2-week run comes to consequential end

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - From a resort in Mexico to a jail cell in Florida.

The man accused of running off with a 16-year-old Allentown girl will soon be on his way back to the Lehigh Valley. 

Kevin Esterly, 45, and Amy Yu were found Saturday morning in Mexico.

Yu was escorted by the U.S. Marshals back to Allentown early Sunday morning.

While she was found in good physical health, her family says she is now at St. Luke's.

Esterly appeared before a Florida judge Monday morning.

"I would like to go back to Pennsylvania as soon as possible," Esterly told the judge.

"That's a smart choice," said Judge Mindy S. Glazer. 

Esterly was clad in an orange jumpsuit for the hearing and was jovial before and after the proceeding.

Esterly faces a charge of interference with the custody of a child following two weeks on the run with Yu.

Esterly and Yu were found in Playa Del Carmen Mexico on Saturday and flown to Miami where Amy was escorted home by US Marshals and Esterly was escorted to a jail cell.

"He left his family, which is hard to fathom," said John Waldron.

Waldron is the attorney for Esterly's estranged wife Stacey.

Waldron says Esterly has been calling Stacey nonstop since his arrest.

He says Stacey is relieved that Yu is back safely and that Kevin is behind bars.

But the damage Esterly caused his family is more than emotional.

Before he left, Esterly allegedly took $4,000 from Stacey's bank account leaving her and his four kids in a financial crisis.

"You know she is a pretty strong person as I've gotten to know her and she's been very strong for her girls as this is been going on. But she's very bitter and understandably so with what has happened," said Waldron.

Waldron says Stacey Esterly is filing for divorce and sole custody of the girls.

A GoFundMe site has been created for the family.

Yu's family says when she gets out of St. Luke's she will be admitted to KidsPeace, a mental health facility. 

The Lehigh County District Attorney's office says it is formulating a plan to bring Esterly back to Allentown to be prosecuted.


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