Caitlyn Frisina: Missing Florida teen thought to be with soccer coach found safe in N.Y.

Posted at 8:32 AM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 17:43:44-05

UPDATE: Caitlyn Frisina, the Florida teen who had been missing for nearly a week, has been found safe.

She was found Friday evening when a N.Y. State Police Officer spotted the red Mercury in Syracuse, N.Y. He stopped the car that was occupied by Rian Rodriguez and Caitlyn. Rodriguez was taken into custody and Caitlyn's family has been notified.

The Columbia County, Florida, Sheriff's Office tweeted the updates.


A missing child alert was issued Tuesday for a 17-year-old girl who has not been seen since Sunday. 

The teen, Caitlyn Frisina, is believed to have left her Lake City home on her own and might be with Rian Rodriguez, a 27-year-old man.

News outlets in Jacksonville reported that Rodriguez is the head boys' soccer coach at Fort White High School.  

Frisina left her phone at home, which she fully erased. 

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The sheriff's office said Frisina and Rodriguez are possibly traveling in a red Mercury Sable with Florida tag number Z04CSC.

Deputies said Frisina withdrew $200 from an ATM in St. Marys, Ga., on Sunday.

Frisina is 5 feet 7 inches,135 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Rodriguez has black hair, brown eyes, is 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 220 pounds.

If you have any information please contact the FDLE at 1-888-FLMISSING, 911 or the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at 386-719-2005.