Fla. girl found safe after running away with soccer coach

Fla. girl found safe after running away with soccer coach

Ronald Pratt
December 3, 2017

Caitlyn Frisina of Lake City had been missing since Saturday. Police were investigating the "blossoming of a potential relationship" between Frisina and Rodriguez.

A Florida teen who went missing almost a week ago with a soccer coach has been found in NY, law enforcement officials said Friday. According to FOX 30 News in Jacksonville, Rodriguez has been taken into custody in the Syracuse area.

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

Authorities believed Frisina, 17, was traveling with 27-year-old soccer coach Rian Rodriguez. It's believed she left voluntarily with him, authorities said earlier.

Columbia County deputies say Rodriquez is now charged with interference in child custody.

"She's with a person who is 10 years her senior in a supervisory capacity over her as a coach", Hunter said.

Rian Rodriguez’ 2001 Mercury Sable
Rian Rodriguez’ 2001 Mercury Sable

"We are looking forward to a lot more time together and being able to get back home and move forward as a family", she added.

Frisina and Rodriguez were spotted on cameras in Georgia on Sunday and then at a pawn shop in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

According to a missing persons report, Frisina left her home through her bedroom window, taking some clothes and her wallet but leaving her cellphone, which had been erased of data.

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

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".

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