Parents of missing teen found with soccer coach had sought clues on her wiped phone, followed ‘foot tracks’

The parents of the Florida teen who was missing a week before she was found in New York State with an assistant coach from her high school soccer team sought clues from her wiped cell phone and followed foot tracks outside the family’s home.

These and other details of the family’s ordeal emerged in an affidavit in the arrest warrant that police released today.

Caitlyn Frisina, 17, was located by state troopers in upstate New York with Rian Rodriguez, 27, a family friend and Frisina’s father’s assistant soccer coach at Fort White High School, authorities said.

It’s believed she left without her parents’ permission, according to an affidavit released by the Columbia County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.

The teen’s mother, Scarlet Frisina, told ABC News this morning that the family is trying to “work through things.”

“Ward and I and Caitlyn are very tired, worn out, in fact, physically and emotionally, and we feel that: she’s home, she’s OK, we’re seeking counseling to help us work through things,” Frisina’s mother Scarlet Frisina said. “We are incredibly grateful for all of the coverage and assistance everyone offered during this very trying time.”

On Friday around 4 p.m. ET, a New York State Police trooper in Syracuse spotted the 2001 red Mercury Sable the two were believed to have fled in, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The officer pulled the car over and took Rodriguez into custody without incident, the sheriff’s office said.

Rodriguez is being held at Onondaga County Justice Center pending an extradition hearing scheduled for Monday.

The Lake City, Florida, man faces a charge of interference with custody of a child, according to the arrest warrant.

Courtesy Frisina family
Caitlyn Frisina is pictured reunited with her parents in Syracuse, N.Y., Dec. 2, 2017.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit the girl’s parents called police on November 26, saying they “discovered [Caitlyn] moved items in her bedroom and exited through her bedroom window.”

The parents told a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy they attempted to track their daughter’s “foot tracks in the road,” but when they reached Markham Road, according to the affidavit, “they were no longer able to find any other tracks from there.”

Caitlyn’s mother Scarlet Frisina made inquiries with her daughter’s friends at school and learned that their daughter was in a “possible relationship with her assistant soccer coach Rian Rodriguez,” according to the affidavit.


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