Mom Makes Tearful Plea for Safe Return of Daughter Who Allegedly Ran Off With Soccer Coach
Caitlyn Frisina, 17, was reported missing Sunday after withdrawing $200 from an ATM.
Has a high school soccer star run off with a coach?
Scarlet Frisina, the mother of Caitlyn Frisina, is making a tearful plea for her 17-year-old daughter to return home.
"Let somebody know that you are safe," Scarlet Frisina tearfully told reporters while fighting back tears. "We miss you, pumpkin, and we love you and we want to hear from you."
Her daughter, a high school senior, climbed out the window of her home in Columbia County, which is located in northern Florida. She left her cell phone, but not before she reportedly wiped it clean.
She was reported missing Sunday, the same day she withdrew $200 from an ATM.
Police say she is with the 27-year-old head coach of the boys’ soccer team at her high school, Rian Rodriguez.
Caitlyn's father reportedly coaches the boys' team, and helped Rodriguez get the job.
"He is a family friend and we have known him for several years from the soccer and the school and everything," the distraught mom said of Rodriguez.
In a Facebook post, the teen's father, Ward Anthony Frisina, pleaded for his daughter to contact him.
"Soccer was a love that we shared," he wrote. "We are now in the third day of her missing and having no contact with her. She left with only a few clothes. She left her phone. Her family loves her and more than anything else wants to know she is safe and not in danger! Help us get in contact with her anyway possible!"
At her team's game this week, both sides bowed their heads in prayer for her safe return.
The school has also released a statement about the alleged incident.
"The employee has been suspended pending this investigation and is no longer serving in the supplemented capacity as Head Boys' Soccer Coach at Fort White High School," The Columbia County School District said in a statement to WJAX. "Depending on the outcome of this investigation the information may be sent to [Florida Department of Education] to determine if any violations of the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida or local School Board Policy have occurred."
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