WYOMISSING, Pa. -- A 16-year-old girl who triggered a global manhunt when she ran off to Mexico with a Pennsylvania married man is back in the U.S. She's being held in Miami while authorities decide on extradition to Allentown. Attorneys for Kevin Esterly's wife Stacey say she hasn't been accepting her husband's calls. She did earlier tell CBS News that she's happy to have her daughter home and that he's in jail on felony charges including child custody interference.
Esterly, 45, of Lowhill Township, pleaded guilty last month to corruption of minors. He's being held at the Miami Jail awaiting extradition to Allentown, where he'll be tried on a felony charge of custodial interference. The former Allentown police officer is charged with signing the teen out of school 10 times in the past few months, falsely claiming to be her stepfather.
When the teen's mother found out, she called police. They discovered she had altered her student records to list Esterly as her stepfather, and they contacted her father. His mother later discovered her personal documents, money and jewelry had gone missing from her Allentown home.
Authorities found Yu and two other girls in western Pennsylvania after they went on the run. The other girls, 17-year-old Nichole Richard and 16-year-old Ajah Linares, were both at a home in Johnstown and the third was in a truck driver's cab in Bedford. The girls are safe and "they're OK," Johnstown Police Chief Robert Johnson said.