Clues that may lead to capture of missing teen, soccer coach

It’s been days since a 17-year-old Florida girl and a 27-year-old soccer coach from her high school went missing together. Caught on surveillance cameras in multiple states, experts are now weighing in on the case and explaining how these clues may lead to their capture.

Caitlyn Frisina was last seen at her home Saturday night, and her parents reported her missing Sunday, authorities said. The teen’s phone — which had been completely erased — was left behind, authorities said. It’s believed she left voluntarily with Rian Rodriguez, 27, a family friend and Frisina’s father’s assistant soccer coach at the high school, authorities said.

Frisina and Rodriguez were spotted on cameras in Georgia on Sunday and then at a pawn shop in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Columbia County Sheriffs Office
Surveillance video of Caitlyn Frisina, 17, and soccer coach Rian Rodriguez, 27, who have both been missing since Nov. 26, 2017.

Lenny Depaul, a former chief inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service, said on “Good Morning America” today, “One of the video cameras picked up surveillance on their vehicle — they’re still in that red car — which is a home run for law enforcement. That Florida plate, hopefully they get some LPRs — license plate readers — picking up that plate on the highways.”

Depaul also said a key for investigators is likely their “tight circle of friends.”

“They’re traveling, they gotta be communicating somehow,” he said of the teen and coach. “Somebody’s got a device.”

Courtesy Columbia County Sheriffs Office
Caitlyn Frisina is seen in this undated photo.

ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams added, “They’re going to need money. … Either people are going to help them, which means you’ve got more potential witnesses, or they’re going to have to try and get money, which will lead to more possible evidence to find them.”

The two are believed to be headed north, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said Wednesday. Frisina has family in New York and Rodriguez has family in Canada and possibly Pennsylvania, Murray Smith, public information officer for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday.

As for the potential consequences, Abrams said, “Authorities have been very careful not to say he’s being charged with a crime. Why? They want him to turn himself in. … Because as of right now, we don’t know if there was a physical relationship between them.”

Authorities said it appeared “a potential relationship” was blossoming…

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