The teen soccer player that went missing with her school’s soccer coach was discovered in upstate New York by a state trooper. Caitlyn Frisina, 17, and Rian Rodriguez, 27, were spotted on Friday in Syracuse after the officer noticed the 2001 Mercury Sable that the two reportedly fled Florida in, ABC News reports.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office reportedly arrested Rodriguez without incident and he faces an extradition hearing. According to an arrest warrant, he will likely be charged with interference with custody of a child. The teen is back in Lake City, Florida with her family who is relieved to have her back.
"Ward and I and Caitlyn are very tired, worn out, in fact, physically and emotionally, and we feel that: she's home, she's OK, we're seeking counseling to help us work through things," Frisina's mother Scarlet Frisina told ABC News. “We are incredibly grateful for all of the coverage and assistance everyone offered during this very trying time."
During a press conference on Saturday, the mother said, "We had a very beautiful, wonderful, very emotional reunion with her a little while ago. We are so thankful to have her back. We are looking forward to a lot more time together and being able to get back home and move forward as a family.”
According to a police affidavit, Caitlyn's friend told Scarlet that Caitlyn "hooked up with Rian and he worked his way into her life.” That same friend also claimed that Rodriguez wanted Caitlyn to "leave the country with him and other crazy stuff” and that Caitlyn felt “coerced.”
The two were on the run for a week. Caitlyn reportedly erased all data on her cell phone beforehand. Police told News 4 Jax that the missing teen’s bedroom window found open. She is believed to have run away on her own accord. Regardless of how she ended up with the coach, Caitlyn’s family called their interactions inappropriate. And, Rodriguez is no stranger to the family. Caitlyn’s mother called him a long-time family friend.
[Photo: Columbia County Sheriff's Office]