Missing Florida teen found safe in NY, officials say

Casey Dawson
December 3, 2017

Rodriguez had been working as a boys' soccer coach at Fort White High School, but was suspended pending the investigation, according to a statement from Columbia County Schools superintendent Lex Carswell.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina was found safe in NY.

It was not immediately clear if Frisina was with Rodriguez when she was located. According to authorities in Florida, the teen left her home on her own and left her cell phone after wiping the device clean.

17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina was last seen at her home in Columbia County, Florida, on Saturday night.

Authorities believed Frisina, 17, was traveling with 27-year-old soccer coach Rian Rodriguez.

New York State Police said the Sable then pulled into a parking lot in front of a Subway where Rodriguez and Frasina were taken into custody without incident.

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

The Post-Standard reports police are holding Rian Rodriguez on a charge from Florida known as interference with child custody.

Sometime after 4 p.m. Friday, a NY state police officer spotted a red Mercury with a Florida license plate in north Syracuse near Taft Road and Route 11.

The girl has been reunited with her family.

Frisina said Friday before her daughter was found that Rodriguez was the only person who didn't answer when she and her husband were calling around trying to find Caitlyn Sunday morning. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference on Monday, at 2pm with additional details.

Caitlyn told her friend that she was "scared and didn't know what to do", police said.

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