As CrimeOnline previously reported, Caitlyn Frisina, 17, left town last weekend with Rion Rodriguez, 27, and the two drove north from Columbia County, making it to Syracuse, New York, before a state trooper recognized their vehicle and pulled them over. Her parents flew to Syracuse to get her Saturday.
Caitlyn Frisina was found safe Friday evening in Syracuse, New York, with Rian Rodriguez, who was arrested on a charge of interference with child custody, a third-degree felony.
Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter praised the teen for being at the news conference. Frisina's family was notified and Rodriguez was taken into custody.
Frisina's mother Scarlet Frisina told ABC News, the family is trying to "work through things".
"We're so thankful and blessed to have our lovely daughter back with us", said Scarlet Frisina, her mother.
Hunter said a sharp-eyed NY state trooper spotted the vehicle Caitlyn and Rodriguez were traveling in as he was headed home from a shift spent working on a task force that was looking for the pair.
Caitlyn Frisina may have been influnced by Rian Rodriguez
Frisina's parents also discovered messages on Snapchat of a sexual nature between the teen and Rodriguez after her disappearance, according to the news station citing the affidavit. He has a hearing Monday to determine if he'll been extradited.
Oliver asked if Caitlyn revealed why she left.
The affidavit also said that Frisina's high school investigated a rumor in August that the teen and Rodriguez were in a relationship but ultimately concluded it was false.
Hunter said the teen looks very grown up but she's a high school student that he feels was influenced by someone who held a position of authority.
"Its been hard. I'm glad I have my daughter back where I know I can protect her and keep her safe as a father always wants to do", Ward said.
"When she made contact with her parents, she was very relieved that her parents knew she was well", Smith said. "We had a very handsome, wonderful, very emotional reunion with her a little while ago, and we are so thankful to have her back".