Caitlyn Frisina

Police find missing Florida teen and her soccer coach in New York after lengthy search

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.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina was reported missing from her Lake City home almost a week ago and was believed to have left with Rian Rodriguez.

The high school senior had possibly been in a clandestine relationship with the coach, according to police.

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.

Over the first few days of the search, police received reports that they were seen traveling along Interstate 95 in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The last of those sightings came Sunday and left investigators focused on the Northeast as their likeliest location in recent days.

According to WJAX, Frisina and Rodriguez were located Friday in North Syracuse, New York.

ABC News reported a New York State Police officer saw the sedan and initiated a traffic stop. The officer reportedly detained Rodriguez without incident.

According to reports, investigators have since notified Frisina’s parents that she had been found safe. As of Friday, the teen was being held in police custody until a reunion with her family could be arranged.

Rodriguez could face criminal charges, according to reports, and was arrested on a warrant issued for interfering with child custody.

Authorities did not release much additional information in statements Friday, though they indicated a news conference Monday will provide updates.

[Featured image: Caitlyn Frisina/Columbia County Sheriff’s Office]