Missing 17-year-old Florida girl believed to be with soccer coach found safe

Missing 17-year-old Florida girl believed to be with soccer coach found safe
Posted at 1:34 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 17:51:33-05

THE LATEST | The 17-year-old missing Florida girl who was reported to maybe be with her soccer coach has been found safe in New York.

Caitlyn Frisina was found safe Friday, but it is not clear whether or not she was with anyone when she was found.


Caitlyn Frisina, 17, "is believed to have left her home of her own accord, leaving her phone, which she fully erased," and may be in the presence of 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez, the Columbia County Sheriff's office said in a weekend Facebook post.

Rodriguez was a high school boys' soccer coach at Fort White High School, but he has been suspended pending the investigation, according to a statement from Lex Carswell, superintendent of Columbia County Schools.

The missing teen's father, Ward Frisina, wrote on Facebook this morning of his daughter: "soccer was a love that we shared.”

The sheriff's office said the teen made a $200 ATM withdrawal Sunday in St. Marys, Georgia, which is about 100 miles northeast of Columbia County.

The teen's parents both wrote messages on social media to their daughter.

Ward Frisina tweeted Monday night, "I do not care about anything except hearing your voice. There is absolutely nothing that you could have done or be involved in that stops my love for you. You are my only concern. I will come to you no matter the time or place! I love you!"

Her mother, Scarlet Frisina, wrote on Facebook Monday afternoon, "I want you to know how very much we love you and miss you! We're not sure why you chose to go, but know that all we care about is knowing whether or not you're safe!! We can work out any issues. We're here with open arms praying for your safety! Please let us know that you're ok. Day or night, no matter what; no judgement [sic], no anger...just know we're here and we love you more than you can imagine!"

Caitlyn Frisina is described as having brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5-foot-7 and weighs 135 pounds, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.

Rodriguez is described as having black hair and brown eyes. He’s 5-foot-10 and weighs 220 pounds, the agency said.

They may be traveling north in a 2001, red Mercury Sable with Florida tag Z04CSC, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has asked anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the authorities at (386) 719-2005.