Missing Florida teen found safe in New York


NEW YORK – The Florida teen who went missing earlier this week from her Lake City home has been found safe in New York.

The Columbia County sheriff's department tweeted that 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina was located Friday, but offered no other details.

Caitlyn's mother, Scarlet Frisina, said that she is "just thrilled" to know her daughter is OK. She said her family is packing in case they need to go to New York to pick Caitlyn up.

Frisina disappeared from her home on Saturday night. Authorities believed she had left voluntarily with Rian Rodriguez, a 27-year-old high school soccer coach.

Rodriguez was a family friend and was an assistant coach for Frisana's father's team.

The two were spotted by security cameras in Georgia and Arkansas during their travels.

Deputies said Caitlyn wiped her cellphone by returning it to factory settings before leaving sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Authorities did not reveal if Frisina was with Rodriguez when she was located, or if she was alone.

Frisina's mother discovered she was gone Sunday morning, and after realizing her car and cellphone were still at the home, they called family and friends and then reported her missing to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.