Corey Allen and his wife, Yeon-Su Kim, were both reported as missing during their vacation to Mexico over Thanksgiving break.
According to family and search crews, the couple and their 14-year-old daughter went missing around 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving when they started kayaking on a beach near Rocky Point.
There were dangerous winds and a reverse tide, according to local reports. Because of this, Corey Allen took his teen daughter back to shore for her safety. After the young girl was returned safely to the family’s rental home, Corey Allen decided to go back to his wife in an effort to find her.
However, neither Allen or Kim ever returned back to the house. Their teen daughter contacted a nearby resident for help when she began to be concerned that her parents might be in danger.
A body was spotted eight miles off of Mayan Palace in Mexico around 9 a.m. Sunday. It was confirmed to be the body of one of two missing Flagstaff residents. A member of the Allen family confirmed the identity of the deceased person on Encanto Beach, and that it was Yeon-Su Kim.
Kim Allen was a professor at Northern Arizona University and her husband, Corey Allen, is a real estate agent and co-founder of Hidden Light. The couple has two teenage daughters.
Due to their prominent careers, Kim and Allen were a major part of the Flagstaff community. Locals who don’t even know the couple have jumped in to help find them. Search efforts have been in place ever since their disappearance. On Sunday, authorities found a body with characteristics similar to one of two missing Americans.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for search and rescue costs, and has so far raised $69,347. The funds will also be used to support Yeon-Su and Corey’s children.