"Ward and I and Caitlyn are very exhausted, worn out, in fact, physically and emotionally, and we feel that: she's home, she's OK, we're seeking counseling to help us work through things", Frisina's mother Scarlet Frisina told ABC News.
"We are looking forward to a very merry Christmas and bright future for our family", she said.
Rodriguez's attorney says his client wants to return to Florida as soon as possible to face the charge of interfering with child custody. He had a court hearing Monday to determine if he'd be extradited.
"We understand and we realize that this was a very big deal and that there's a very long road ahead of us. we are already taking steps towards rebuilding our lives after such an emotional week", Scarlet said. "She's got a lot of growing up to do even though she's a very strong young lady, and a very good young lady". That same friend also claimed that Rodriguez wanted Caitlyn to "leave the country with him and other insane stuff" and that Caitlyn felt "coerced".
"That shouldn't be", Hunter said.
State police investigator Todd Grant told the Syracuse Post-Standard he spotted Rodriguez's auto, a red Mercury Sable, on Friday after Rodriguez left an employee orientation at a Salina direct marketing firm.
Frisina was detained until she reunited with her parents Saturday in the Syracuse area. They returned to Florida sometime Sunday.
According to Sgt. Murray Smith, with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, it appears Rodriguez began a relationship with Caitlyn in August or September. Police were investigating the "blossoming of a potential relationship" between Frisina and Rodriguez.
Hunter said the investigation is continuing and Rodriguez could face more charges.
Officials at Fort White High School have suspended Rodriguez, who coached the boys soccer team at the north Florida school.
"I spent time with this family". "Know who your kids are around". Cops say they revealed explicit exchanges between her and Rodriguez.
The records detail a conversation Caitlyn had with the friend. She said she "didn't know how to get out of it" and feared "he would mess up her life", according to police.
Rodriguez had not been arrested or charged late Friday, according to NY state police.
Caitlyn Frisina did not speak during the news conference.
"When you saw her for the first time, what was that like for you Ward?"
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