- A high school soccer player from Florida has been found, and authorities have reportedly arrested the 27-year-old soccer coach they say she was traveling with.
A missing child alert had been issued for Caitlyn Frisina.
During interviews with news media reporters, the girl's parents had pleaded for her to return home. Frisina has family in NY and Rodriguez has family in Canada and Pennsylvania, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Office public information officer Murray Smith.
New York State Police Officer spotted the red Mercury with Florida plates plastered on her missing poster around 4 p.m. Friday in Syracuse.
Authorities scheduled a press conference for Monday with more updates. The officer pulled the auto over and took Rodriguez into custody without incident, the sheriff's office said. Her former soccer coach Rian Rodriguez, 27, is now in jail on a charge of interference with a child's custody.
"I know that she to some degree left on her own".
According to reports, investigators have since notified Frisina's parents that she had been found safe. First Coast News was told he was sacked for not showing up to work.
They were also spotted early Sunday evening at a pawn shop in Fayetteville, Hunter said.
The 17-year-old climbed out her bedroom window on Saturday night and left behind her cell phone, which had been wiped clean of data.
Rodriguez had been working as a boys soccer coach at Fort White High School, but was suspended pending the investigation, according to a statement from Columbia County Schools Superintendent Lex Carswell.