A 17-year-old Florida girl who disappeared several days ago may be with a 27-year-old soccer coach from her high school, and the two might be headed to New York or Canada, according to authorities and the school district.
Caitlyn Frisina, 17, "is believed to have left her home of her own accord, leaving her phone, which she fully erased," and may be in the presence of 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez, the Columbia County Sheriff's office said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
Rodriguez was a high school boys' soccer coach at Fort White High School, but he has been suspended pending the investigation, according to a statement from Lex Carswell, superintendent of Columbia County Schools.
Frisina has played soccer at Fort White High School, according to an online roster published by Next College Student Athlete. Her father, Ward Frisina, wrote on Facebook this morning of his daughter: "soccer was a love that we shared.”
Rodriguez is allegedly a family friend of the teen, according to ABC Jacksonville affiliate WTLV-TV.
The sheriff's office said Caitlyn Frisina made a $200 ATM withdrawal Sunday in St. Marys, Georgia, which is about 100 miles northeast of Columbia County. That was the teen's last known location, Murray Smith, public information officer for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News today.
Authorities believe Rodriguez and Caitlyn Frisina are out of state and possibly headed northeast to New York or Canada, where either of them may have family, Smith said.
As of today, this isn't considered a kidnapping case as no criminal charges have been filed, Smith said.
Both families are devastated and neither family has heard from them, Smith added.
Caitlyn Frisina's parents both wrote messages on social media to their daughter.
Ward Frisina tweeted Monday night, "I do not care about anything except hearing your voice. There is absolutely nothing that you could have done or be involved in that stops my love for you. You are my only concern. I will come to you no matter the time or place! I love you!"
Her mother, Scarlet Frisina, wrote on Facebook Monday afternoon, "I want you to know how very much we love you and miss you! We're not sure why you chose to go, but know that all we care about is knowing whether or not you're safe!! We can work out any issues. We're here with open arms praying for your safety! Please let us know that you're ok. Day or night, no matter what; no judgement [sic], no anger…just know we're here and we love you more than you can imagine!"
Caitlyn Frisina is described as having brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.
Rodriguez is described as having black hair and brown eyes. He’s 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds, the agency said.
They may be traveling north in a 2001 red Mercury Sable with Florida tag Z04CSC, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has asked anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the authorities at (386) 719-2005.