SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The aunt of a 17-year-old girl who fled with a 27-year-old man from Florida shared a photo of the family reunited after a week-long, national search.
Marcy Frisina, the aunt of Caitllyn Frisina, shared a photo on Facebook of the family embracing.
“Reunited,” the caption reads.
Frisina fled with 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez from her Florida hometown about a week ago, sending local and federal law enforcement into a massive search and prompting the girl’s parents to make an emotional plea for her safe return.
The pair was spotted at 4 p.m. Friday by a State Police investigator, Todd Grant, who recognized Rodriguez’s red Mercury sedan and its Florida license plates. He was arrested a gunpoint in a Salina strip-mall parking lot and is facing extradition.
The reunited family made a brief appearance in front of reporters at the State Police barracks on Saturday, according to News Channel 9. The girl’s mother, Scarlet, thanked law enforcement across the country and in New York for their help.
During the family’s statement, the girl held her father, Rodd Frisina, closely and nestled under his chin, eyes closed. She did not speak.
“We had a very, beautiful, wonderful, very emotional reunion with her a little while ago, and we are so thankful to have her back,” Scarlet Frisina said, according to video published by the news station
Rodriguez is being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center on a charge out of Florida called interfering with child custody. He’s not facing any charges in New York or federally, but that could change, police have said.
Rodriguez will be in Onondaga County court on an extradition hearing on Monday.