Missing Florida teen found in NY; soccer coach arrested

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

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Caitlyn Frisina has been located safe in NY. The auto matched the description of the vehicle Rodriguez and Frisina were believed to be driving. It's believed she had left voluntarily with him.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina was reported missing from her Lake City home nearly a week ago and was believed to have left with Rian Rodriguez.

Police initially said she was believed to be with Rian Rodriguez, a 27-year-old soccer coach for Fort White High School.

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

During interviews with news media reporters, the girl's parents had pleaded for her to return home.


Local authorities, aided by agencies including the U.S. Marshal Service, began searching for the pair and the 2001 Mercury Sable in which they were believed to have been traveling.

ABC News reported a New York State Police officer saw the sedan and initiated a traffic stop.

Rodriguez was initially detained on a warrant for interference with child custody.

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.

On Friday, after Hunter relayed the news to her parents that the teen had been found, he told CBS, "That was one of the best phone calls that I've made in my career".

"We love you, and we miss you, and we need to know that you're safe", Frisina said during a Thursday news conference.

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