Hunter acknowledged that Caitlyn went willingly with Rodriguez when the two left Florida, but said he believed she was influenced by someone in a position of control over her.
According to a police affidavit, Caitlyn's friend told Scarlet that Caitlyn "hooked up with Rian and he worked his way into her life".
A police investigator who arrested a 27-year-old Florida soccer coach accused of running away with a teenage girl says the man had started working in upstate NY to fund his travels. Her parents flew to Syracuse to get her Saturday.
Florida authorities said they expect he will be returned to Florida Tuesday or Wednesday, but a court official in Onondaga County, New York, said after the hearing that Rodriguez could held for up to two weeks until he released on the Columbia County arrest warrant, according to our News4Jax partner. The messages were recovered from Frisina's phone, which the teen performed a factory reset before leaving it behind in her bedroom.
Officials at Fort White High School suspended Rodriguez, who coached the boys' soccer team at the north Florida school. Rodriguez had spent childhood vacations with relatives in the area, police said.
According to Sgt. Murray Smith, with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, it appears Rodriguez began a relationship with Caitlyn in August or September.
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The 17-year-old girl sneaked out of her home in Fort White on November 25, authorities said.
Frisina was found safe by a New York State Police officer Friday afternoon near Syracuse.
Caitlyn's father, Ward Frisina, told police that after checking his daughter's bank account, he saw that she withdrew $200 from an ATM in St. Marys, Georgia.
"We had a very attractive, wonderful, very emotional reunion with her a little while ago and we are so thankful to have her back", Scarlet said, as Frisina stood nearby with her father. "His comment to us was 'just like Florida there's a lot of friendly people here, ' and he felt Syracuse was a lot like Florida and he could find some time to spend here", said New York State Trooper Jack Keller.
Caitlyn Frisina did not speak during the news conference.