Missing Columbia County teen found in upstate NY

This is the parking lot of a Salina strip mall where Rian Rodriguez and Caitlyn Frisina were detained in their red Mercury Sable on Friday afternoon. The pair had led local and federal law enforcement on a chase after they disappeared from Florida about

Frisina said Friday before her daughter was found that Rodriguez was the only person who didn't answer when she and her husband were calling around trying to find Caitlyn Sunday morning.

New York State Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Friday around 4 p.m. ET, a New York State Police officer in Syracuse spotted the vehicle the two were believed to have fled in, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office was searching for 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina, who went missing with a high school soccer coach last Saturday.

. Her parents were begging her to come back home. Investigators believe she ran off with her soccer coach. Caitlyn told her friend that if she did get out of going, Rodriguez said he would "mess up her life", according to Rodriquez's arrest report.

A trooper spotted the red Mercury around 4 p.m. Friday in a shopping plaza on Route 11 at the corner of Lawrence Road East in North Syracuse and stopped the vehicle. She and Rodriguez were spotted on surveillance video at a food store in SC and at a pawn shop in North Carolina, they said.

Authorities said earlier this week it appeared "a potential relationship" was blossoming between Frisina and Rodriguez before the teen's disappearance.

Missing Columbia County teen found in upstate NY
Missing Columbia County teen found in upstate NY

The sheriff's office will hold a news conference with more details on Monday, and officials thanked the New York State Police and the United States Marshals Service for their help finding the pair.

Florida law enforcement is on their way to Syracuse. The age of consent in Florida is 18.

The 17-year-old was located safe in central NY on Friday.

Rodriguez has a right to a hearing before extradition.

He is now being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center.

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