Missing Columbia County teen found in upstate NY

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A teenager from Florida who went missing with a 27-year-old high school soccer coach last week was found safe more than 1,000 miles away in NY on Friday.

Caitlyn Frisina and Rian Rodriguez, 27, were the center of a nationwide search that ended after 4 p.m. Friday when they were pulled over by a New York State Police officer who spotted the red Mercury Sable the pair were believed to be traveling in, authorities said. Police were investigating the "blossoming of a potential relationship" between Frisina and Rodriguez.

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

During interviews with news media reporters, the girl's parents had pleaded for her to return home.

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

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The two were believed to be headed north, authorities said earlier this week. The officer stopped the auto and found Rodriguez and Caitlyn safe. According to FOX 30 News in Jacksonville, Rodriguez has been taken into custody in the Syracuse area. They said Frisina left her home on her own and left her phone, which she fully erased.

Rodriguez has not been arrested or charged at this time, but he is cooperating with the investigators and is now being questioned, according to NY state police. Rodriguez faces charges for interference with child custody and may face additional charges, said Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter, who said he got to deliver the news to Caitlyn's parents.

The Gainesville Sun reports that the 17-year-old and Rian Rodriguez were stopped by a New York State Police officer Friday afternoon in Syracuse.

Caitlyn withdrew $200 on Sunday from an ATM in St. Mary's, Georgia, deputies said.

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