Florida coach found in NY with missing teen arrested

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2017

Officials at Fort White High School have suspended Rodriguez, who coached the boys soccer team at the north Florida school.

It wasn't immediately clear if Rodriguez has a lawyer. The sheriff's office said, the officer came to the auto, pulled it and took Rodriguez into custody.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Caitlyn Frisina, 17, left town last weekend with Rion Rodriguez, 27, and the two drove north from Columbia County, making it to Syracuse, New York, before a state trooper recognized their vehicle and pulled them over.

"We're looking forward to a lot more time together", her mother, Scarlet Frisina, said. Her parents were begging her to come back home. We're seeking counseling to help us work through things and that prolonging the story isn't what she needs.

She continued, "We are incredibly grateful for all of the coverage and assistance everyone offered during this very trying time".

Authorities are reportedly on their way to Syracuse to take Rodriguez back to Florida. Her parents flew to Syracuse to get her Saturday. They returned to Florida sometime Sunday. The friend reportedly told police that Frisina had said she was "scared and didn't know what to do" about leaving town with Rodriquez.

"We're so thankful and blessed to have our attractive daughter back with us", said Scarlet Frisina, her mother.

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The records detail a conversation Caitlyn had with the friend.

According to a police affidavit, Caitlyn's friend told Scarlet that Caitlyn "hooked up with Rian and he worked his way into her life". He said Frisina has family in NY and Rodriguez has family in Canada and possibly Pennsylvania.

"It's been hard", her father, Ward Frisina, said.

The affidavit also said that Frisina's high school investigated a rumor in August that the teen and Rodriguez were in a relationship but ultimately concluded it was false. That was the teen's last known location, Smith said.

Caitlyn's father, Ward Frisina, told police that after checking his daughter's bank account, he saw that she withdrew $200 from an ATM in St. Marys, Georgia.

Caitlyn left behind her cell phone when she disappeared, after doing a factor reset on it.

Caitlyn Frisina (l.) may have been influnced by Rian Rodriguez (r.).


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