Text messages indicate missing Florida teen and soccer coach were in a relationship

Investigators have obtained text messages sent by a missing 17-year-old girl that suggest she is in a relationship with the high school soccer coach who is believed to have taken her from her home this weekend.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Caitlyn Frisina’s parents noticed she was missing from her Columbia County home on Sunday morning. Authorities believe Caitlyn left town voluntarily on Saturday with Rian Rodriguez, 27, head coach of the boys soccer team at Fort White High School. Caitlyn, who is also a soccer player at the high school, reportedly left her cell phone behind but deleted all of the data.

According to CBS affiliate WJAX, investigators have found text messages that Caitlyn reportedly sent to a friend, indicating she chose to leave with Rodriguez and that there “may be a relationship” between the underage girl and the adult soccer coach.

Caitlyn’s mother Scarlet told News4Jax that Rodriguez also coached her daughter. Caitlyn’s father has posted messages on Facebook appealing for help locating his daughter and encouraging her to come home, no matter what the circumstances of her leaving.

The soccer coach has reportedly been suspended from his position pending an investigation.

The Columbia County School District released a statement about Rodriguez’s suspension:

“The employee has been suspended pending this investigation and is no longer serving in the supplemented capacity as Head Boys’ Soccer Coach at Fort White High School. Depending on the outcome of this investigation the information may be sent to [Florida Department of Education] to determine if any violations of the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida or local School Board Policy have occurred.”

Authorities believe Frisina and Rodriguez may be traveling in a red Mercury Sable with Florida tag number Z04CSC.

Anyone with information about the missing teen is urged to call the Columbia County Sheriff department at 386-719-2005.


[Feature image: Columbia County Sheriff]