Search underway for missing Florida teen and coach

Caitlyn Frisina (L) was believed to be with her coach Rian Rodriguez (R)

COLUMBIA CO., Fla. (WTLV) — The search continues for a missing 17-year-old girl out of Florida.

Columbia County deputies say Caitlyn Frisina left her Fort White home on her own and left her phone, which she fully erased.

They believe that she may be with 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez, in a red Mercury Sable with Florida tag number Z04CSC. 

The teen and coach may be in a red Mercury Sable GS with the Florida tag Z04CSC

If you see the missing teen, officials ask you to call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 386-752-9212.

Rodriguez is a family friend and soccer coach at Fort White High School.

There have been two confirmed sightings of Caitlyn and Rodriguez. The first was at an ATM in St. Mary’s, Georgia and the second at a convenience store in Hardeeville, South Carolina.

Surveillance photos show Rodriguez wearing a black and red hoodie with khaki pants and black shoes. Caitlyn is pictured wearing a grey hoodie and shoes, black pants and a blue and white winter hat.

Law enforcement officials are searching the I-95 northbound corridor asking individuals if they have seen the two and looking through surveillance video.

“It’s sort of like a needle in a haystack,” says Officer Murray Smith, PIO of Columbia County.

The Columbia County School District has released a letter stating that Rodriguez has been suspended pending the investigation.

A press conference will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. with Columbia County Sheriff’s Office regarding Caitlyn’s disappearance.

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