According to Murray Smith, the public relations officer for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the police believed that there was the "blossoming of a potential relationship", between Frisina and Rodriguez, ABC News reported.
It wasn't immediately clear whether she was found with Rodriguez. It's believed she left voluntarily with him, authorities said earlier.
Caitlyn Frisina, 17, was located in upstate NY with Rian Rodriguez, 27, a family friend and Frisina's father's assistant soccer coach at the high school, authorities said.
Caitlyn was reunited with her parents Saturday in Syracuse.
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State Police say Rodriguez was familiar with Central New York- the Cicero area in particular.
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The Post-Standard reports police are holding Rian Rodriguez on a charge from Florida known as interference with child custody.
New York State Police Officer spotted the red Mercury with Florida plates plastered on her missing poster around 4 p.m. Friday in Syracuse.
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According to State Police, Frisina appeared to have gone with Rodriguez willingly.
Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident, and Caitlyn was detained, the Sheriff's Office said.
Frisina took $200 out of an ATM in St. Marys, Georgia, on Sunday morning, and was later that day seen with Rodriguez on surveillance video at a Pilot gas station in St. George, Georgia, Sheriff Mark Hunter said Wednesday.
The teen had left her home on her own, leaving behind her phone, "which she fully erased", the Columbia County Sheriff's office said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
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