Florida teen found safe with soccer coach, sheriff says

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

A missing Florida teenage girl has been found safe, authorities said Friday, almost one week after the teen allegedly left home with a local soccer coach 10 years her senior.

It was not immediately clear if Frisina was with Rodriguez when she was located.

A missing child alert had been issued for Caitlyn Frisina.

Her parents reported her missing on Sunday.

A Florida teen was reportedly found safe more than 1,000 miles from her home following a lengthy search for her and her 27-year-old soccer coach.


Mr. Frisina said he had taken the sim card from Caitlyn's new cellphone she reset and placed it back in her old cellphone that she broke. According to FOX 30 News in Jacksonville, Rodriguez has been taken into custody in the Syracuse area.

Around 4 p.m. Friday, a New York State Police officer spotted that vehicle in Syracuse, New York, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office said via its Facebook page. The FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office have been advised of this case and will consider federal charges in Florida.

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. Frisina has family in NY and Rodriguez has family in Canada and possibly Pennsylvania, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Office public information officer Murray Smith.

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

Frisina has played soccer at Fort White High School, according to an online roster published by Next College Student Athlete.

  • Tracy Klein