Fla. girl found safe after running away with soccer coach

Trevor Jackson
December 3, 2017

Sheriff Mark Hunter didn't detail the relationship between Frisina and Rodriguez and said his primary focus was to bring the teen home safely.

Caitlyn's mother, Scarlet Parnell Frisina, had pleaded with her daughter to call her family.

During the family's statement, the girl held her father, Rodd Frisina, closely and nestled under his chin, eyes closed.

Her parents reported her missing on Sunday.

Caitlyn Frisina, 17, was located in NY, authorities said Friday, with Rian Rodriguez, 27, a family friend and Frisina's father's assistant soccer coach at the high school, authorities said.

Frisina has family in NY and Rodriguez has family in Canada and possibly Pennsylvania, Murray Smith, public information officer for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, said.

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New York State Police Officer spotted the red Mercury with Florida plates plastered on her missing poster around 4 p.m. Friday in Syracuse. Rodriquez was taken into custody without incident and Frisina was detained.

The search for Caitlyn Frisina, a 17-year-old from Fort White, began Sunday morning, when her parents discovered she was missing from their home. The teen's phone - which had been completely erased - was left behind, authorities said.

According to First Coast News, Rodriguez was a coach for the boys' soccer team at Fort White High School.

Law enforcement officials had been tracking Rodriguez through an ATM withdrawal in St. Mary's, Georgia, and by surveillance cameras at convenience stores in SC and North Carolina.

The two were believed to be headed north, authorities said earlier this week.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office tweeted that she had been found.

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