Missing Florida teen found safe in NY, officials say

Geneva Matthews
December 3, 2017

During the family's statement, the girl held her father, Rodd Frisina, closely and nestled under his chin, eyes closed.

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

The incident began Sunday when Frisina's parents reported her missing.

Authorities believed Frisina, 17, was traveling with 27-year-old soccer coach Rian Rodriguez.

On Friday afternoon, a New York State Police officer in Syracuse spotted the auto the two were believed to have fled in, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

The aunt of a 17-year-old girl who fled with a 27-year-old man from Florida shared a photo of the family reunited after a week-long, national search.

Frisina's parents say he's also a family friend.

A Florida teenager who was reported missing Sunday was found safe about 1,000 miles away in NY with a 27-year-old soccer coach, who was taken into custody, according to the Columbia County, Florida Sheriff's Office. The two were believed to be driving northeast in a red Mercury Sable.

The Post-Standard reports police are holding Rian Rodriguez on a charge from Florida known as interference with child custody.

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

"By not showing up, he's absent without leave and we just felt like the best thing to do at this point was go ahead and terminate him and cut our ties with him", said Columbia County School Board Chairman Keith Hudson at a board meeting Tuesday. Frisina has family in NY and Rodriguez has family in Canada and possibly Pennsylvania, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Office public information officer Murray Smith.

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