Kelly Rothwell

Kelly Rothwell
Much Loved Sister, Daughter, Friend

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


David Perry, the only suspect in the disappearance and probable murder of St. Pete Police cadet Kelly Rothwell in 2011 has been arrested once again and is now charged with 37 counts of burglary, a Class C violent felony.
According to WETM journalist Keiran Coffey, who cited a Steuben County DA press release, Perry was indicted on the class C violent felony burglary charges stemming from his use of a false identity which he used to unlawfully enter the home of a Painted Post woman he was dating. 

Perry had been arrested in July for criminal impersonation after it was found that he trolled dating sites and Craig's List ads using the alias David Jones and started a  several month relationship with a woman  from Painted Post, New York, located in Steuben County.She only found out Perry's true identity after posting an Instagram photo of the two of them on vacation in the Carolinas. Friends of the woman saw the photo and alerted her that that was David Perry, a murder suspect and convicted felon. The woman called police who arrested Perry for criminal impersonation and violation of his parole. His parole included not leaving the county of Chemung and the state of New York. He was also supposed to inform his parole officer if any relationships he may have engaged in. Perry not only boldly left the county and the state of New York, he never told his parole officer about any of the relationships he was having. 

Burglary in New York state is defined as  A person is guilty of committing burglary in the third degree - the least of the burglary offenses - when he or she "knowingly enters or remains unlawfully" in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein.

 Perry knowingly entered the woman's home while using a fake name, which was a crime and therefore resulted in the burglary charges. 

Below are the definitions of Class C Violent Felonies

C Violent Felony

ATTEMPT to commit any class b violent felonyB Violent
Aggravated criminally negligent homicide125.11
Aggravated manslaughter in the second degree125.21
Aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree130.67
Assault on a peace officer, police officer, fireman or emergency medical services professional120.08
Assault on a judge120.09
Gang assault in the second degree120.06
Strangulation in the first degree121.13
Burglary in the second degree140.25
Robbery in the second degree160.10
Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree265.03
Criminal use of a firearm in the second degree265.08
Criminal sale of a firearm in the second degree265.12
Criminal sale of a firearm with the aid of a minor265.14
Aggravated criminal possession of a weapon265.19
Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first degree490.15
Hindering prosecution of terrorism in the second degree490.30
Criminal possession of a chemical weapon or biological weapon in the third degree490.37
* May not contain all Class C Violent Felonies in the New York Penal Law.
Reference: Sentences of Imprisonment - NY Penal Law Article 70.
New York State Penal Law Offenses listed alphabetically with sortable columns.
What's interesting to note is that C Violent Felonies  are often charged if a B Violent Felony is committed. Those include rape, child molestation, attempted murder, aggravated sexual abuse, kidnapping and assault among others. 

If every time Perry entered the woman's home, he did so under a false identity, that could possibly be classified as not only a parole violation but felony impersonation, which is what he was charged with in July. But burglary usually involves the attempt of theft, so who knows? Maybe he stole a watch or something from the woman's house... 

Either way, he's back in jail, where he belongs. Back at the Steuben County Jail.. hopefully they put him back in his OLD CELL... ah memories, eh Dave??? KARMA IS CATCHING UP TO YOU...

And by the way, someone was sending me comments to the blog  about how Perry
 "only spent 4 weeks in jail.. HAHAHAHAH"

I of course didn't publish the comments because I'm pretty certain they are from him.  So I guess Dave, the jokes on YOU... HAHAHAHAH.  Enjoy your cell. And I don't mean your phone..

Meanwhile, Kelly Rothwell is STILL missing...

Friday, August 25, 2017


 "DAVID PERRY with department identification number 14A0084 has been released from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to parole supervision in Chemung County. The supervising area office is Elmira Parole Office located at: 100 W. Chemung Place Elmira, NY 14904. You may contact this office by calling (607)734-6667. "

David Perry is loose again folks. Yes, the New York state Criminal Justice and court system has ONCE AGAIN let a lying, scheming, porn-addicted murderer out of jail to prey on the public.

Unfortunately, the fact that he is the ONLY suspect in the disappearance and probable murder of his then-girlfriend Florida Police Cadet Kelly Rothwell is NOT a factor in the NY parole board's decision to release him to yet another parole from a conviction on fraud and grand larceny charges. 

Perry has already violated his parole once; he has preyed on young women and had seduced a young mother in Painted Post, leaving the county AND state (violation!) and was charged with criminal impersonation by using fake names and profiles on the internet to hook up with vulnerable women.
I'm currently waiting on more information from the Media Office/ Public Information Office in Albany for more info about Perry's parole conditions. 
This post will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

David Perry Now At Downstate Correctional Facility in NY

David Perry, the ONLY suspect in the disappearance of Indian Rocks Beach Police Cadet Kelly Rothwell on March 12, 2011 NOW has a NEW number!! 14A0084.. THAT'S his new INTAKE number at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, NY, where Perry was taken today.
It's probably NOT the new phone number that he thought he would have.. (sources have told me that he used to change his phone number ALL the time...) and it's not the number for a new victim( er girlfriend/boyfriend) from Craig's list  or Plenty of Fish dating sites. ( Perry was allegedly trolling both women AND men for "dates" on Craig's List and included photos of his genitalia in some of the messages.) But it IS the number he will be known as until September 30, 2021.

Perry was to answer charges today in Painted Post Village, in Steuben County New York on misdemeanor criminal impersonation charges.  Originally scheduled last month, Perry's lawyer was a no show and the case was rescheduled for this evening's court. Painted Post has court at night-two evenings a week. But the info of Perry's removal from Steuben County jail and subsequent re-booking into the Downstate Correctional Facility would suggest that Perry may have just pled guilty to the misdemeanor charges. What is not known at this time is whether Perry has received additional time to his sentence for both the Violation of Parole and the misdemeanor. A source at intake gives Perry's "conditional release date", the date that he can be let out is September 20, 2021. This would suggest that Perry will AT LEAST have to finish his original sentence of 4-15 for the felony grand larceny and fraud charges and that there was an additional year or more added to his sentence.


A call to the Broome County DA for information about any extra sentencing time was not returned this afternoon as of this writing.

I placed a call this afternoon to Nancy Rothwell to give her the news about Perry's jail term and while she was happy, she was also very reflective.
"He is right where he should be, " she said. " He thinks he's intimidating. He's such a manipulator that he thinks he is untouchable. While he was out (of jail) he just kept doing the same thing, lying and finding other victims for his schemes. Who knows if anyone else would have ended up like Kelly, (murdered by Perry). I'm very glad he's going away for a longer time."

Plans are ongoing to schedule the Search and Recovery operation for Kelly's body at Seneca Lake, where I have always stated that David Perry dumped her body after he killed her, drove her body to Elmira NY and enlisted the help of at least two friends to help him dump her body in the lake.

Perry may not stay at Downstate Correctional Facility; he may be transferred back to Clinton, where he was place originally when he was convicted. Prison intake officials said there was no way to know until Perry is evaluated today, where he would have gotten an all new mugshot.

I will be updating this post as more info becomes available.

But for Kelly and her family's sake, I'm glad he's BACK BEHIND BARS.

Kelly Rothwell has been missing since March 12, 2011 and is presumed murdered by David Perry, her then- boyfriend. Her body has never been found. Please keep Kelly's family and friends in your prayers. 
Thank you~
Leigh Clifton

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

David Perry's Lawyer a No-Show at Painted Post Hearing

     David Perry, the only  suspect in the disappearance and probable murder of  Indian Rocks Beach Florida police cadet Kelly Rothwell, was scheduled to appear at Painted Post Court House on May 9th to answer misdemeanor charges of criminal impersonation.  Because no attorney showed up to defend him, Perry's court date will now be June 6th. According to sources Perry was supposed to be represented by Tom Bowes, of  the law firm Yorio, Ferratella and Bowes. In addition to his regular law practice fields, Bowes is a part-time Steuben County assistant public defender, handling criminal defense matters for indigent clients in the local courts in the eastern areas of the county. But in a call to the law firm I was told that they were not sure if  Bowes would be representing Perry and that they had no further comment.

So now either Perry will be possibly be assigned another public defender, although there is no confirmation at this time. The court house in Painted Post, where Perry is to answer charges only has hours on Wednesday and Friday. A message was left and hopefully I will have more information as it becomes available.

 The charges of criminal impersonation stem from Perry's using the name David Jones on an internet dating site, Plenty of Fish, where he met a woman from Painted Post Village in Steuben County, New York and entered into a relationship with her. These charges are in addition to Perry's felony charges of violation of parole from Broome County, where he was convicted in  December of 2013 of felony fraud and grand larceny after bilking the State of New York Insurance Fund of over $300,000  in 3/4 pension benefits. Perry, who had been a corrections officer at Elmira Prison, claimed to have sustained a back injury after he unnecessarily answered a call for a prisoner disturbance. Perry was never injured or even participated, according to several corrections officers who were present.

Perry's felony parole violations include leaving Chemung County, where his Elmira  residence is located, leaving the state of New York, and entering into a relationship without informing his parole officer. Perry traveled to North Carolina with the woman he met online, using the name David Jones. It was only after she posted photos of them together was she informed by her friends of Perry's true identity. The woman called the police who arrested him at her Painted Post Village home. Painted Post Village is in Steuben County.

Meanwhile Perry still sits in Steuben County jail with the charges of felony parole violation looming from Broome County. It is assumed that after he answers to the charges of criminal impersonation, he  will be returned to prison to serve out the rest of his 3 1/2 year sentence. Perry was paroled from Clinton Prison in Dannemora, New York, where he was in protective custody.
It is unclear at this time if he will be returned to Clinton and if he will continue to be placed in protective custody or general population with other prisoners.


Thursday, April 27, 2017


David Perry, the only suspect in the probable murder of Indian Rocks police cadet Kelly Rothwell, was arraigned today at the Painted  Post Police station on charges of felony parole violation and criminal impersonation. Perry, who was on parole for felony fraud and grand larceny charges, was violated after he was found  April 24th at 10:00 pm at the house of a woman in Painted Post  Village that he had met on a dating website using the name David Jones. Coincidentally, one of his his daughter's married last name is Jones.
Painted Post  Village is in Steuben County; Perry lives in Elmira which is in Chemung County. The conditions of his parole are that he not leave Chemung county and check in the first Wednesday of every month with his parole officer Eric Winkky.  Perry was also driving up to Corning over the summer and into the fall, going to the  Corning YMCA to work out almost daily as well.
 Either Mr. Winkky wasn't paying close enough attention or decided to look the other way, but Perry has been violating his parole since last summer.
The woman Perry has been dating for a few months had posted a photo of herself with Perry on Instagram.  Her friends saw it, recognized Perry and called her right away, telling her who Perry really was. She left her house with her child and went to the police. Police arrived and removed Perry from the house. Police called her a "victim"  and she is not a suspect.
Perry was denied bail and as of right now he is at the Steuben County jail. When he was last there Perry got into a nasty fight with another inmate and broke the guy's nose.
NOT a nice guy, is our Davie....

So what's next for Perry? He constantly seems to be trolling the internet for women; he can't stand to be alone. He's also running out of last names to use...
Lets hope he has to go back to Clinton to finish out the 3 1/2 years left on his too short sentence.
Or maybe, just maybe Pinellas County will get a crack at him soon...


Some of the information for this post was provided by the NBC affiliate in Elmira with my thanks.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Last night, April 24th at 10:01 pm, an alert came out that David Perry was arrested for violation of parole. Apparently Perry was picked up at his home at 1708 Church Street in Elmira, NY as his car is still sitting in his driveway.
It couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy...  oh wait.. yes it could...

For months, David Perry has been giving the law the middle finger, violating his parole by constantly leaving the city limits and going to not only the gym at the YMCA in Corning, but ALL over Horseheads and the surrounding areas.. areas where he isn't supposed to be visiting, according to the terms of his parole. He was even  hear that he was working at Hobby Lobby, unloading trucks.. kinda hard to do, wouldn't you say, with his badly injured back and all... His parole officer must have been blind or else was looking the other way..regardless, SOMEONE finally paid attention and Perry's little freedom sprint has hopefully come to an end.

Perry still has 3 1/2 years on his sentence for fraud and grand larceny. With this parole violation, it is still a bit unclear whether he will go directly back to Clinton in Dannemore, NY for the violation or just get more parole time added. NY judges are notorious for declining to put a parole violator back in the system and Perry's judges have been notoriously lenient before ..(remember Perry being allowed to go to HAWAII WHILE awaiting trial on fraud charges?) One can only hope that he goes back to jail and stays there for the remainder of his sentence. Right now he sits in CCJ, Chemung County Jail. It seems now in all likelihood that he will be returned to Clinton to finish out his sentence in jail up there

Apparently at intake, Perry had to give urine and blood samples. It would stand to reason that if he had blood tests, it would show the presence of  narcotics in his system, which the parole officer, Eric Winkie would  let go because they were prescribed by doctors. Because he is getting disability from Social Security for a supposed back injury, he has been prescribed those narcotics for the pain. However, according to his ex- wife Luana, Perry didn't take the pills but instead used to stockpile his drugs.. Luana said that he just kept getting the drugs for free and keeping them, instead of taking them.

" He was never really injured in the fight at the prison,"  Luana told me several years ago in an interview. "He just kept getting the pain meds from his doctors to make his claim look real. He used to keep the bottles of pain meds all over the house. He would only take them when he knew he had to give a urine sample, so he could get more."

If Perry DIDN'T have any opioids, you know, the PAIN MEDS he took "everyday " to manage his pain, could that show that he was lying about all of it?  Who knows.. I hope they explore that angle.. it needs to be looked at.

Sources tell me that the arrest took place with the cooperation of the West Elmira Police Department. Usually when the police are involved in addition to the parole officers, thats usually something a LITTLE  more  serious than a jaunt to the Y in Corning as a violation.

As of now, I have no information if his home was searched for any evidence of the stockpiled drugs, but I hope they did.  Perry has been running his own show for FAR too long. He has lied and hurt SO many people, he SHOULD be back in prison , where he belongs.

 I spoke with Nancy Rothwell, Kelly's mother earlier today and told her about Perry being back in jail and asked her how she felt about it.

"I believe that him being back in jail is exactly where he is supposed to be, " she said. "He is an evil person and he will NEVER reform or follow the rules if he's let out. This (jail time) may not be what we're hoping for, but any day in jail is a small amount of justice for Kelly. In my heart," she said,
"I know that one day there will be justice for Kelly, I truly believe that... it WILL happen. For now, this will have to do."

I called Kelly's father Tom. He, too, is a grieving parent. Tom doesn't give any press interviews at all, but he gave me one two years ago, I thought I owed him to tell him about Perry being back in jail.
Tom doesn't pull any punches.

"Good," he said about Perry's arrest. "He belongs in the grave."

I will be updating this post as new info comes in. Please keep Kelly Rothwell and her family in your heart. They deserve justice for Kelly.

Meanwhile Kelly Rothwell is STILL missing. She needs justice. Let's get her some...

Link to Unfound Podcast on Kelly's Case.. My interview with Unfound producer Ed Dentzel

© Leigh Clifton 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Darlene Woo Speaks Out About David Perry

In January of 2016, Darlene Woo was shopping at her local store when a guy walked up to her and said Hi. He told her his name was Dave Walker, casually asked if she was married as he perused her left hand and then slipped her his phone number. "Text me sometime," he said. A few weeks later she did.

Darlene was getting ready to take a continuing education class in Corning and Dave Walker told her he went to Corning every day to the Y to work out. She dreaded the drive  up the formidable 'Corning Hill" so they made an arrangement that he would drive her to her class in her car,  he would go work out for the three hours while she was in class and then bring her home. It was an arrangement that really helped Darlene, as she hated driving to Corning. The classes ended and "Walker" started hanging around more and more., eventually making himself indispensable, so much so that he was eventually doing almost everything around her house for her.

"He shopped, he cooked, he cleaned, he made my front yard look beautiful, he walked my dog and was nice to him at first. ," Darlene said.  "His domestic and organizational skills were awesome, probably because of his OCD. He had amazing strength that was brought into play when laying landscaping bricks in the yard, mowing and weed wacking..things that would take me two days to do he would do in one- he was a machine. He was driven and would keep the vehicles immaculate. What single female wouldn't want a man doing that for her?"

But she began to notice some strange things that "Walker" was doing. He started to keep the dog from interacting with them. She caught him snapping the dog's nose with a towel. He began to call the dog a" mangy mutt" and seemed jealous of her attention to him.

"He always wanted me to sleep.(she works nights)and he would put dark towels or sheets over the windows. It made my house look so dark, like a cave. I did't really think too much of it; he told me it was to help me sleep. Many people questioned why the windows were draped as if he were afraid he was being watched He was in total control of what I ate and drank- he even packed my lunches for work... I hated them! He's go through my work bag ans question everything he found. I walked on eggshells in my own house so as not tuo enrage him...he would go from calm to rage in 0.7 seconds" 

But while she was sleeping, David "Walker" was using her computers,deleting texts from her friends and even sending  emails to her ex-husband, Dennis, who still remained good friends with her.
"Dennis and I have a nice close friendship so imagine my surprise when he asked me one day if I had sent these emails to him, saying that I had "married David Walker and to leave me alone!" I assured him that I did NOT send them and I definitely was NOT married to David. Dennis and I have stayed good friends even after our divorce and we talk all the time. Dennis just thought that was really weird."

Things started getting stranger and more controlling then for Darlene.

"Walker" took over ALL of the chores, doing dishes by hand, even though she had a nice dishwasher.  Soon he was ironing all of her clothes and doing all the shopping. He also cleaned .. everything.
"He was VERY OCD.. he vacuumed 2-3 times a day," she said.
She started to get a weird feeling about him, like something just wasn't right.He wouldn't let her do anything, including drink coffee. He told her it was bad for her and would make her tea instead.

"It seemed that all I had to do was sleep and breathe," she said.

What Darlene didn't recognize were the classic symptoms of a controlling personality disorder.
This "David Walker" was not only NOT who he said he was, he was David Perry, the suspected murderer of Kelly Rothwell from Indian Rocks Beach in Florida. And Darlene had no clue.

It wasn't until they went looking for pumpkins in late October of 2016 that everything came to a head. They were ambushed by the film crew of Crime Watch Daily, who had been working on a feature of Kelly Rothwell's disappearance and were hoping to get a reaction from Perry. Perry told Darlene to get in the car and took off, very agitated. Darlene asked him what that was all about and he fumbled saying it was all lies. Then he took out his cellphone, called the cell company and changed his cell phone number right there.

"He thought they might have tracked him by his GPS so he turned it off, " Darlene said.
Darlene ex husband Dennis got wind of the pumpkin patch  incident and started digging. What he came up with was shocking and he became very concerned for Darlene's safety.

"Dennis came over to the house the first week of November with all of these printed articles about David Perry and Dave was there. Dennis and I both asked him point blank  if he was the same guy in the articles about Kelly's murder. I couldn't believe it that I was THAT close to a murder suspect! Dennis told him to gather his things and then threw him out of the house. We had the locks changed right away. I told him to leave me alone and stay away from me."

Although she did hear from him by text after that, supposedly looking for some of his belongings, Darlene has NOW put that chapter behind her.She saw Perry's famous anger and abusive side several times and it scared her.
"I looked the Devil right in the eye,' she said.  "I have never seen someone get so angry so fast."

Darlene Woo is lucky.. she didn't become a "victim" of David Perry. But he was well on his way to controlling her life, much as he did with Kelly, sequestering her from her family and friends, even from her dog, ..doing everything for her so she would become dependent on him and then erupting in a rage when challenged. Darlene was the lucky one....  She got away alive.  It could have been very a  different ending for her.  Very different indeed...

Meanwhile Kelly Rothwell is STILL missing and her murderer walks free. She deserves justice.

Please listen to the Podcast on Kelly's case,it is my interview with my friend Ed Dentzel, the owner and producer of the podcast "UNFOUND " It's a two part series. Thanks,  Leigh   

Here are the links to Kelly's story:

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Six years ago, a bright, beautiful. talented and kind woman, Kelly Rothwell was murdered in her Indian Rocks Beach condo by a man she thought she knew. A man she thought she loved and who loved her back. But David Perry's love was the killing kind... and Kelly never stood a chance... or saw it coming.

Kelly Rothwell, by all accounts from friends, family and co-workers, was a funny, intelligent woman who followed many paths during her short 35 years on this earth. She was a passionate animal lover, a Human Resources specialist, an artist, a geologist with a love of crystals and all things spiritual. Her most recent career objective at the time of her murder, was that of Police Officer. Kelly's foray into the world of law enforcement was a departure from her usual interests, yet she excelled in her law enforcement curriculum as she did with ALL of her career choices, because of her innate sense of right and wrong and in this case,  her empathy for the victim. Unfortunately, we will never really know if this sense of justice came from her first hand experience with David Perry's controlling, manipulative and increasingly abhorrent behavior towards her. Or did Kelly  jump into this new career BECAUSE of what David Perry was doing to her at home? Did she fight back the only way she could, by putting him on notice that as a cop, she would be much less of a victim of his vindictive and progressively suppressive behavior?

 But IF Perry HAD planned Kelly's murder, he had the element of surprise on Saturday afternoon March 12, 2011. Kelly was coming home to "talk" but I believe Perry laid in wait for her to get into the front door, attacked her from behind as she went into their bedroom, and strangled her there. I think he then wrapped her up in the inner shower curtain (which was missing), put her body in a sail bag, stuffed her in the trunk of his blue Honda and drove all night, WITH HER BODY IN THE TRUNK, back to Elmira, New York, where he had a home, where he felt safe, where he KNEW that Florida law enforcement would NEVER look or suspect that someone would be so brazen. And where Perry had friends; friends he KNEW would help him dispose of Kelly's body, because he had INFORMATION on those "friends" that could put them both in jail. Perry knew all this and counted on it.

It has always been my firm belief that David Perry planned to kill Kelly Rothwell that Saturday afternoon. He had hacked her phone and her emails and knew she was leaving him; for a new career path that would possibly jeopardize his 'business" interests and for a new person in her life . Kelly was making room for new people and new experiences and Perry was not part of the equation. To a man so Obsessive/Compulsive and with major anger issues including domestic abuse (documented by Elmira law enforcement ) a woman leaving him would have wounded his fragile ego. I also felt that he saw Kelly as a threat; Kelly had told her sister Lindsay that she "caught" Perry at something illegal and that he had "promised" to stop. According to Perry's ex-wife Luanna, during their tumultuous 10 year marriage, Perry had regularly run marijuana and other drugs from Elmira, New York to Florida, picking up contraband to take back to New York. Also according to Perry's ex-wife, he was funded by some well-connected "businessmen", possibly in the restaurant business in Elmira.
Which brings me to this next interesting piece of information....

 In November of last year, Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen  picked up Kelly's story and produced a segment on it; it aired on Election day, November 8th, 2016.  For that story, veteran Crime Watch Daily reporter Andrea Isom and her film crew flew up to Elmira, New York to interview David Perry about Kelly Rothwell's "disappearance". They tracked Perry down; he was seen with a woman in an SUV at a pumpkin patch in late October  2016 when the show was filming Kelly's segment. When they tried to speak with them, he ran away like a little girl.He screamed at the woman to get into the car and threatened Isom and the film crew, before angrily driving away. Perry has a history of running like a coward  from law enforcement and anyone else who wants to ask him about Kelly, so that wasn't out of character for him.

Its now believed that that woman was Darleen Woo, who divorced Simon Woo's brother in 2015. Simon and his brother had owned a very well-known Chinese restaurant in the Elmira/Horseheads area and there has always been talk around town that Perry was somehow involved with some sort  of "business" with the owners. Now Perry is living with Darlene Woo, in a cozy home on Meadowbrook Parkway, (a home Darlene got in the divorce) on a quiet suburban street where people play with their kids in the yard, feet from a suspected murderer. I wonder if they know who he is? Does she realize that she too could be in danger if she crosses him? How could ANY woman sleep next to a suspected murderer, the ONLY suspect in the disappearance and probably murder of Kelly Rothwell? How could she IGNORE all of the strange signs and weird behavior. Maybe the relationship is still in the early lovey- dovey stages, and she just hasn't seen the real Perry yet.

I find it appalling that this man is living the high life, while Kelly Rothwell,the #1 "love of his life "
 ("Yummy wife" #2 Melissa Walker was the 'love of his life' until she divorced him after the pressure on him about Kelly's case became too much for her to deal with). AND he's living with the ex-wife of someone who law enforcement have speculated was possibly involved in a shady business, not related to the restaurant his family then owned.  (It has since been sold.)

Perry has always seemed to find women with property, money or both, that take him in and prop him up. He charms them, buys them pretty things like flowers and clothing, cleans their homes. Eventually, he begins to sequester them, from their friends, their family and their social media. He wants them to depend on HIM, no one else. He becomes increasingly controlling, manipulative, demanding.  Of these women, only Kelly was murdered by him, we think. Could he have done this before? He told his ex-wife Luanna that if she left him, he would put her in a wood-chipper and dump her body parts in the Chemung River. He told Kelly if she ever left him, he would throw her body in the Gulf of Mexico. But what if he DID throw her body in water?

A source has recently come forward that may have information on that very premise. I have always maintained that Perry killed Kelly, put her body in the trunk of his car and drove it up to Elmira , New York the night he killed her. I also suspect that he contacted at least TWO friends, one is Sammy Karam, a retired prison guard who had a house on Seneca Lake. The Karams and Darlene Wu are also good friends as are their kids.. Go figure. Such a tangled web Perry has woven...

The information involves a boat with an inboard and a trolling motor, a very heavy bag containing Kelly's body and three people; two of Perry's friends, one possibly a fisherman who knows the lake very well, another friend and Perry himself, who loaded Kelly's body onto the boat and motored out onto Seneca Lake. Perry may have originally pondered dropping Kelly's body by the dam but felt it wasn't deep enough. He chose the deeper Seneca Lake instead.
The boat used was pushed from the shore right into the water.. and traveled for about 25-30 minutes up towards Watkins Glen State Park, where there is a boat ramp, From there, the source says that Perry and his accomplices traveled an additional 15-20 minutes up the lake from the park's lake entrance. They rolled a very heavy bag (remember I always said that Kelly's geodes, those heavy crystal rocks that she collected were NEVER found) which I believe contained both Kelly's body and the crystals off of the boat which sunk in some of the deepest water of Seneca Lake. One thing that Perry didn't figure that night, was that someone possibly saw him and  may have the coordinates of where Kelly's body is.
This spring, Nancy Rothwell has decided that the lake should be searched, using those coordinates.
A well-known Sonar company has offered to do the search and recovery; more information will be available about that in the coming months...

Nancy Rothwell is determined to find justice for her daughter Kelly. She is encouraged by this new information and  feels David Perry is a dangerous and malignant threat to society.
"I hope that anyone involved with him understands the darkness and depravity that is David Perry.  In fact, I was thinking this morning, why did he have to take  my daughter's life when all he could have done was just leave. If she had something on him, why didn't he just leave and go back to New York,? Kelly would have never pursued anything against him and would probably never even held any ill will against him. That just wasn't her. He totally took advantage of her generous nature and beautiful soul. She had a kind heart and loved life. If you met her once, she touched your life forever. And he took that away.  But what he can't take away is her gentle and peaceful spirit."

So on this day, the sad anniversary of a promising young life snuffed out by a  controlling, manipulative coward, we wait and hope for Spring and the search of Seneca Lake, Maybe the lake will give Kelly up and put David Perry, her killer, behind bars forever. We can only hope so. Meanwhile, I hope that Darlene Woo watches her back... she's living with a suspected murderer. I hope that she cares enough about herself to get away from him like Melissa Walker did.. Kelly tried, but he wouldn't let her go.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

She Would Have Been 41 Today......

While other people all over the world celebrated the Christmas and the New Year holidays with their loved ones, families and friends, Kelly Rothwell didn't.  She couldn't.... because she's "missing" and presumed dead, and her loser ex-con  ex-boyfriend David Perry is and HAS been the ONLY suspect in her disappearance.  While Kelly's family and friends still grieve her monumental loss, Perry walks around a free man. There is such little justice in that.

Kelly would have been 41 today.. she would have probably been working as a police officer, doing what she did best...helping and protecting people. But there was no one to protect her from David Perry.
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Kelly Rothwell, I have learned so much about her, from her mother Nancy, her sisters Lauren and Lindsay and her friends from all Maryland, Colorado, Montana and beyond.
I talked with Nancy Rothwell, Kelly's mom, today. I call her on this day every year and on holidays and sometimes just to say Hi. She was naturally sad but she has such a kind spirit and loving way, it's easy to see how Kelly must have been just like her.

"It's always there, you know," she answered when I asked her how she was today.. this day.. Kelly's birthday.
 "You start to think back, about her birth, different birthdays and the things we did. But I try and remember the good memories.. and nobody can take that away. But it's never easy..." her voice trailed off for a moment.

Nancy told me about something that happened yesterday. She got a note in the mail with a post card attached from a woman she used to work with at the school board. It was a post card that Kelly had written to Nancy many years ago, when she was in Montana for work. The card was a photo of Yellowstone with a nice message from Kelly and Nancy had pinned it up on the wall at her desk where she worked. She has since retired and her colleague found it stuck between a cubicle wall.
It made Nancy think about the timing of it all..
"Think about that," she told me. "I get this postcard from Kelly in the mail the night before her birthday. To me it was like she was telling me don't forget about me.. I'm still here and I love you.
It was like a gift from Kelly.."

Nancy also told me that while she was grateful for the show Crime Watch Daily that featured Kelly's case in early November, she was very disappointed that they never showed David Perry's face.
"They should have shown him running away when they ambushed him at that pumpkin patch. I was really hoping that they would have shown what a coward he is. He ALWAYS runs when he sees the cops or a camera."

Perry was seen with a woman in an SUV at a pumpkin patch in late October when the show was in Elmira, NY filming Kelly's segment. When they tried to speak with him, he ran away like a little girl, screaming at the camera crew and threatening the show with a lawsuit.

So today we have one birthday wish for Kelly Rothwell; that we can bring her home to her family.

Actually make that TWO wishes.. that David Perry be tried and convicted for her murder. He knows he did it; WE know he did it and yet he still walks around a free man. I would just say, possibly not for long though  Perry.. watch your back, you low rent, scum sucking chicken shit piece of excrement...we haven't forgotten and we won't give up.

Meanwhile, Kelly Rothwell is still missing.

Happy Birthday Kelly Rothwell. You deserve Justice.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016





CRIME WATCH DAILY with CHRIS HANSEN to Feature Kelly Rothwell's Case on Nov 8th at 2 PM on CW 44

Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen will be featuring Kelly Rothwell's case today on their program. It will air on the CW 44 at 2 pm. Hansen is well known for his To Catch a Predator series on NBC's Dateline, his coverage of the Columbine shootings, Oklahoma City terrorist attack and most of the coverage for Dateline of the September 11th attacks on America.
Kelly Rothwell has been missing and presumed dead for five years. For ALL of those five years I have been writing this blog to keep her story alive, to bring justice to her family and to put David Perry, who killed Kelly, in jail for her murder for the rest of his miserable life.

Last month, the Bring Kelly Rothwell Home page was contacted by Segment Producer Ann Toler, who saw my blog, among other information and wanted to do a story on Kelly. I immediately got back to Toler, who is in LA and we scheduled an interview. In addition to  my interview with Andrea Isom, a journalist for Crime Watch Daily, Nancy Rothwell, Kelly's mother, sisters Lauren, Lindsay and Kristen were also interviewed for the segment. Kelly's friend Donna gave an interview as did Mike Bailey, the former Homicide Detective , who worked on Kelly's case before retiring, John Dressback, who was the then-administrator of the Police Cadet Program of which Kelly was a part, was also contacted.Kudos to the Pinellas County Sheriff's office for letting the show interview Det. Bailey. They were to interview DA Brooks Baker, but I won't know if they did until the show airs....

In my interview, I told Andrea that I thought that David Perry strangled Kelly, put her in a kite sail bag and drove with her body in his car up to Elmira the same night , March 12, 2011 , that he killed her. To this day I still believe that her body is NOT in Florida, but either in New York or possibly Oklahoma, where Perry also visited after he fled Florida.

I am very grateful to the show for featuring Kelly's case and hope that someone will see it and remember something, or feel guilty enough to give up some information.

I only hope that this blog, the radio Podcast I did 2 weeks ago on Itunes and Podomatic and the show itself will keep Kelly's name out there. We appreciate the interest and the attention.

Kelly deserves that!

Thank you!
Leigh Clifton

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kelly Rothwell's Story Featured on Podcast "Unfound" by Ed Dentzel/ Our Interview

Several  weeks ago I was approached by a man named Ed Dentzel about Kelly's case. Dentzel has a Podcast called "Unfound" which focuses on missing persons in the US. Dentzel, who moved to Florida from Las Vegas in late 2011,after Kelly's disappearance, found Kelly's case after he started doing research on missing persons in Pinellas County. Dentzel has had a fascination with missing persons cases and remembers at the age of 6 watching "In search Of" with the late Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy. That started his lifelong passion with Star Trek, science fiction and disappearances.He is also a self professed student on plane crashes, something he admits is a bit morbid but still can recite what year a crash happened, the make and model of the plane, area where it crashed and the number of fatalities.He's a self published author on Amazon and has 4 science fiction novels. His latest is Distant. He also has written a trilogy, Govicide, that you should check out.

 In April of 2016, Dentzel co-founded a radio show called Americas Missing Podcast with another researcher, but creative differences made him realize that he wanted to do his own show.He wanted to have a different approach. He added a theme to every show and whenever possible, interviewed people who were actually close or part of the case. He toned down speculation and sensationalism  that a lot of crime shows use to titillate the audience. He was looking to create more of a  "news magazine" that was a less-conjectural and more interactive- type news medium engaging the listeners in the hope that they might help with these unsolved cases.The show "Unfound" was born. It is unscripted, although he does do an outline of questions. The questions are generally open ended and allow for a great discussion of a case. Then he found Kelly Rothwell's case.

"I found your blog and was impressed that there was an actual site that was dedicated to a case like Kelly's," Dentzel told me. "This case felt very personal to me; I live about 4 miles from where Kelly did in Indian Rocks Beach ( he's in Madeira Beach) and the bridge where they found her car is right around the corner from my house. I  had started to research Pinellas County missing cases and Kelly's was the first one I saw. It really touched me and I wanted to work on it. You had a ton of information and I wanted to showcase all the research that's been done on Kelly's case to date."

When Dentzel contacted me, he had already done 8 shows shows for 7 cases, ( one show was split into two parts) and has received great feedback from Itunes and Podomatic, where the show can be accessed. I will provide the link at the bottom for both, PLEASE go and listen and leave feedback, on either Itunes, Podomatic or BOTH.

Kelly's case is still ongoing and I have always said that I will never stop looking for her and bring her home to her family, That has ALWAYS been my main objective. It is also a promise I made to her mother Nancy. I also have said that I will NEVER STOP trying to bring David Perry, the ONLY suspect in her "disappearance" and probable murder to justice.
Please listen to this podcast.. It's a bit long but well worth it.

My sincerest gratitude goes to Ed Dentzel for giving Kelly's case another platform to get her story out to the public. I want to thank him for the chance to be interviewed and tell the public what's been happening on the case and what I've been trying to do to help put David Perry in jail.  My interview with Ed was a long one but there is a LOT of information after 5 years of researching Kelly's "disappearance" and probable murder. I'm still looking.....

Someone knows something.
Meanwhile, Kelly Rothwell is STILL missing.'
Lets's bring her home.

 Links to the broadcast:


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Saturday, October 1, 2016

What Did Kelly Rothwell Know About David Perry's "Business"?

There has been much speculation as to why David Perry would kill his then- girlfriend Kelly Rothwell on March 12, 2011, after she came to break up with him that Saturday afternoon. Some have floated that he was jealous and possessive, controlling and violent. By all accounts and police reports in his past, he was all that and more.

But by the time Kelly Rothwell came home that late afternoon, David Perry had already met Melissa Walker, a National Guardsman Reservist in Las Vegas, online on Craig's List, had already visited out west where she lived, WHILE he was still supposedly with Kelly and was already planning a life with Melissa.Although Melissa Walker insists that she met Perry AFTER Kelly went missing, there is no evidence either way.  Perry had told the gym where he worked out that he was moving to Hawaii; this was two weeks BEFORE Kelly went "missing". Coincidentally, (or not) Melissa Walker was scheduled to be stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center, IN HAWAII, shortly after Perry gave the gym notice, stating that "we" were moving to Hawaii.
Why then, were there tickets to Utah in Kelly and Perry's name for a job interview for Kelly in Human Resources at a posh resort?Why were there emails supposedly  from Kelly to the Director of the resort, asking about onsite health club benefits, housing and health care for both her AND her "fiance"? Were they engaged? If so, Kelly never mentioned it. Could Perry have been setting something up?

Meanwhile, Kelly had still been applying at several local police departments in anticipation of graduating from the St. Petersburg Police Academy in April,2011. One has to wonder if it might have been David Perry all along who was sending out Kelly's resumes to various resorts around the country, including out west, where Melissa Walker, his Craig's List love interest was living. He was known to have hacked her computer and email accounts and tried to maintain as much control over her as possible.

It appears that there were two totally disparate directions that Kelly appeared to be moving in. At the exact time, according to her personal emails, she was sending resumes to both resorts AND police departments. This seems to make little sense unless she  herself was hedging her bets for employment. But what if she wasn't? By all accounts from the cadets that Kelly was in class with, she was passionate about her police work and was looking to become more involved in the domestic violence aspect of  law enforcement. Was this because she herself was being abused at home by Perry?

One  plausible explanation could be that Perry was attempting to steer Kelly away from her law enforcement career because she knew too much about his dealings. According to Perry's ex-wife Luana Greenfield, Perry, who was a Corrections Officer at the Elmira prison at the time, was caught growing pot in his basement when the police were called out to a domestic violence dispute at their Elmira home.Sources within the Elmira police department confirm this. Yet the case never went to trial; the charges suddenly went away. Luana also stated that Perry smoked pot almost every day and had been friends who were known drug dealers. One particular person,  Jeff Lavelle, a former Corrections officer at Elmira, was caught with a felony amount of cocaine in his car after he flipped it on a back road outside of town. He and Perry were friends. There was even a source who said that Perry was actually in the car at the time with another corrections officer and that both took off so as not to get caught.

Fairly early in their relationship,Kelly had intimated to her family that Perry was involved in "something big" and that she told him she would leave him if he didn't stop. She told her sister that he "promised" that he would. But according to a family member,he didn't and Kelly was very upset about it. Given Perry's alleged history with drugs and Kelly's enrollment in the police academy, could he have been trying to steer her away from law enforcement to protect his business dealings?

There has also been speculation that Perry saw Kelly as a perfect "mark"; she had a rented condo in Florida and Florida was full of sun and fun for Perry, who fancied himself "Mr. Beach". A fanatic for fitness, Perry trained all the time; running, riding his bike and lifting weights at the gym. All this while being "disabled."
Could he have sensed that day he met her at Sweet Tomatoes that she could be the perfect "home" base, complete with beach condo, pretty girl. sun and fun? The only glitch being that Kelly, originally in Human Resources when Perry and she first met, had decided to take a different path in her life, instead going into Law Enforcement, with emphasis on Domestic Violence issues. Could that have sent Perry scrambling to cover his tracks? Could that have led him to kill her and take her body to New York, where he had numerous places to hide her, including the compost heap at the Elmira Jail, several hundred acres of wooded land that he used to hunt on and the Chemung River. What about Seneca Lake? Perry has a good friend whose owns a house on the lake and has a boat there as well.. Seneca Lake is 603 feet deep; so deep that the sheriffs who patrol it have sonar on their rescue boats. According to one source, Perry contacted that friend right after he got into town on the 13th. The large, heavy geodes that Kelly collected were never found.. could they have been used to weigh down, lets say, a sail kite bag, with Kelly's body in it?

We'll never know, because at that time Kelly Rothwell had been "missing" for 17 months and Perry,  who was in prison at the time, on Fraud relates charges, wasn't  talking.
Since then Perry is out of jail, still living in New York and 5 YEARS later  Kelly Rothwell is still missing.
She and her family deserve justice; David Perry deserves life in prison.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Five Years On, A Murderer Walks Among Us and Still No Word on Kelly Rothwell

Its been five long, torturous years for the family of Kelly Rothwell. Since March 12th of 2011, their daughter and sister has been missing from her Indian Rocks Beach home; a home that she shared with an abusive, psychotic and everyone believes, murderous man named David Perry.
Kelly, by all accounts, was a loving, caring, charismatic woman; a woman ready to devote herself to the service of others as a police woman. A woman who today should have been able to call her mother Nancy, if she wanted, a woman who should have been laying on a beach on this Saturday, enjoying her life with friends with a cocktail and a laugh.

Instead, she is "out there".... somewhere, wherever David Perry, who killed her on a Saturday afternoon, much like this one, put her body after he brutally attacked her in their beach condo after she told him she had had enough. She had had enough of his controlling, manipulative emotional and some say physical abuse. She stood up for herself. She stood up to HIM. And he killed her for it.
 I have always surmised that he killed her, he wrapped her body in the shower curtain, he put her in a sail kite bag and threw her in the back of his blue Honda. He packed her geodes; the large cliced -in-half  rock formations that Kelly loved and collected for the crystals inside.  (they were never found) He took off for Elmira New York, his boyhood home, where he KNEW the Pinellas County Sheriff's office would NOT look. He called his friend Sammy Karem and possibly Mike Dean, BOTH of who had houses in Seneca Lake, the DEEPEST lake in New York at 633 feet. Perry had worked at Elmira Correctional with both as a Corrections officer. See, he knew enough about the law that if NO BODY was found, the possibility of prosecution would be almost nil. He KNEW that the Pinellas County Sheriff's office didn't have the manpower, the resources or even the inclination(?) to look up in New York for Kelly's body. He KNEW they would never find her. He's STILL counting on that.  At 633 feet Lake Seneca would need to be viewed or searched with sonar... it COULD be done...

After Perry was arrested ,charged  tried and convicted of grand larceny and fraud, stemming from a lie about an injury he didn't have on a "Red Dot" call about an unruly prisoner he was never supposed to answer, Perry was released last September from Clinton Correctional. He has kept contact with a woman named Chelsea Plummer, someone he supposedly met while answering an ad about puppies when he was in between trials.
PUPPIES?? Really Perry? You can't even be a father to your kids, you beat the crap out of them AND your ex wife, you were HATED by everyone you worked with at Elmira, everyone IN Elmira hates you and you think you could impress a girl about puppies??? Yup , well it worked... apparently Ms. Plummer , who is almost 30 years Perry's junior, was impressed enough with him to date him while he was out of jail during his first mistrial. She's been to his house at 1708 Church Street. She's seen photos of who she thought was Kelly in a drawer. When she asked Perry about it , he grabbed them from her in a pissy fit. He told her he didn't HAVE any children .. UMMMMM  .... what about the FOUR you have??? Little Davey, Brittney, Brandy and don't forget Emily, the one he secretly had with a prison guard at the prison.. OOPS.. Condoms really should be your friend , Dave.... BOOM.
 Interestingly, he  also told her his name was DAVID WALKER.. (ring any bells people???) and that he worked for the phone company...  ANOTHER LIE  from a man who wouldn't know the truth if it smacked him in the balls... which I fervently hope  happens at some point in this miserable, murderous, low-life's life... I personally told Chelsea Plummer to RUN AWAY from Perry. I seriously doubt that she listened. She has her own theories about Kelly's murder, but they're hers and I'll let her tell them.. Perry might be very interested....

The Pinellas  County Sheriff's office has no new leads; they haven't even kept ANY family members informed and I STILL have to ask WHY NOT? Why, when they were given names and possible leads, didn't they follow them up? Why, when the New York State police, who provided MORE clues and and insight about Kelly's case (and it's not even THEIR case) didn't PCSO do any follow up? OH YES, they went up there and poked around, but seriously after three years at that point, did they REALLY think they would find anything NOW? They should have called on Sammy Karem the DAY they were given the information.. and they WERE given the info, because I DID THE RESEARCH MYSELF. They should have checked out Mike Dean too, although that info came in MUCH later.... Sources tell me that Sammy LIED about talking to Perry when he was FINALLY questioned by police.. BIG SURPRISE there.....that Sammy talked with Perry a LOT more that just an initial contact when Perry arrived in Elmira on March 14th with Kelly's body in the truck of his car.

I know, I know, this is Kelly's day.. and it IS Kelly's day.. only its the DAY OF HER MURDER and I don't want ANYONE to forget that .. or HER.. If it takes talking about Perry for people to remember, then I'll do just that. I'm not blowing smoke up any so-called "friends" ass about ribbons, rainbows and shining lights.. this is a murder of a beautiful young woman and it deserves to be solved.
Kelly deserves justice and her family deserves peace. David Perry, on the other hand, deserves the electric chair, or hanging or whatever other method New York State offers to murderers.

So to Kelly's family, I think of you daily and I hope that by keeping this blog going, we keep Kelly's name in the public eye.  It is my sincerest hope that David Perry convicted for your murder.

To Kelly, you deserve justice and to come home.  We owe you that Kelly....
we owe you that.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

She Would Have Been 40 Today...

She would have been 40 today... Kelly Rothwell, who has been "missing" since March 12, 2011 and presumed murdered by her then-boyfriend David Perry, would have been celebrating her 40th birthday today. Instead of making plans for a raucous life celebration and party tonight with her friends, celebrating a milestone in which most people usually take stock of their life and it's directions, Kelly is instead...nowhere... missing...."disappeared" vanished...
On a day when she would have probably been a proud member of a police force, possibly on a task force for abused women that she showed great interest in, she is just.... gone...

Her killer, David Perry, walks free after a minimal jail term in New York for a fraud conviction, NOT for her disappearance and probable murder. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE??
How is it possible that a Police Cadet well-liked by her peers at the St. Pete Police Academy, could NOT warrant a big enough search response to her disappearance by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) or her fellow Police Cadets? They did such a cursory search for her body; the CUE Center spent more time looking for Kelly than both the PCSO AND the Academy Cadets.

How is it that virtually NOTHING has been done on this case in more than THREE years?
Even with some key information that the New York State police turned over to the PCSO, nothing was followed up on with any major effort

Kelly's family remains in the dark to this day.. to say that the PCSO has been a BIT lax in keeping them informed would be an UNDERSTATEMENT of HUGE proportions. Nancy Rothwell, Kelly's mother, hasn't heard from them in 4 years now. FOUR YEARS without an update, without even an ASSURANCE that they are still on Kelly's case?

No one is even sure who the detectives are on the case.. I was told that Detective Mike Bailey retired; Nancy Rothwell called the PCSO and they told her he was now on patrol beat. Really?  A respected detective with a commendably  HIGH Homicide case closure rate now on patrol? Doesn't make sense. We can only assume that Detective Amy Plourde Booth, Bailey's partner at the time of Kelly's disappearance, is still working on the case. Nancy, Kelly Mom, has never heard back from her after several phone calls.

But what makes even LESS sense is WHY David Perry is walking around free.

Kelly should be getting ready to go out tonight with friends, celebrating her life.

Instead, we are still mourning her loss, not knowing where David Perry put her body.
Someone out there knows something....
Do the right thing and step up for this wonderful family whose hearts have such a gaping hole in them...

Meanwhile, Kelly Rothwell is STILL missing...

~Happy Birthday Kelly~

Friday, March 13, 2015

Four Long Years and Still NO Trace of Kelly Rothwell

It's been four long years since St. Pete Police Cadet Kelly Rothwell went missing after going home after lunch with a friend on a Saturday afternoon to tell her then boyfriend David Perry that she was breaking up with him. 

She was never heard from again.

Perry took off for his hometown of Elmira New York in a rush  later that Saturday and has never answered questions about Kelly's disappearance, nor granted a police interview. Neighbors who lived below the couple reported hearing several loud thumps on their ceiling, then frenetic vacuuming before Perry left hurriedly.  Three months later he married Melissa Walker, an Army Reservist he supposedly met on Craig's List, meeting her briefly in Hawaii to marry her, take her last name, then return to Elmira New York.  Walker divorced Perry a year later, but not before defending him as a "sweet, kind and caring, thoughtful person." 

Kelly was much more than a missing police cadet; she was a sister to Lauren, Lindsay and Kristen, daughter to Nancy and Tom, Aunt to Alex, Hollie and Hannah, ex-wife to Doug, and countless friend to so many... those who grew up and went to school with her in Maryland, those she worked with and was friends with in West Virginia and Colorado and the people whose lives she touched in Florida... Kelly had an impact on so many.

Today the Pinellas County Sheriff's office is no closer to finding Kelly than they were 4 years ago. A perfunctory search of the local area led to little clues and it always boggled everyone that there was not a more strident and thorough search done. After all, Kelly was one of their own, a fellow cadet, soon to be a graduate and out among her peers. But a breakfast held for her to raise money to pay for additional search and rescue efforts fell pathetically flat: and only one of her fellow cadets bothered to even show up.

I have and will always maintain that David Perry, laying in wait for Kelly to come home, killed her as she entered their shared beach-front condo and then, after a frantic cleaning of the condo including bleach and antiseptic chemicals, took Kelly's lifeless body, put her in a canvas sail bag, placed her in the trunk and took off WITH her body to Elmira, New York, his hometown. 

Many people including local law enforcement here in Florida have denigrated this idea, theorizing that NO ONE would drive ALL the way to New York with a body in the trunk. But I think he did; he knew that if there was NO body, there was NO case, at least in Florida. And he was right. He was a former Corrections Officer at a prison, he knows the ropes, knew not to answer ANY questions and ran like a coward when approached by law enforcement. He went back to an area he knew very well, places where he had hunted and fished all his life. I believe Kelly is up there. I believe that she is somewhere on or near the Catherine Trail, a place that Perry was known to have frequented AFTER he moved back home. According to sources, he went there OFTEN.... Being a control freak and OCD sufferer, Perry likes to control every situation and this would be no different. He had a friend with a boat on Lake Seneca, it was his bailiwick and he KNEW that Florida law enforcement  had neither the manpower nor the belief that he could ever do such a thing... drive with the body of the woman who was his 'soul-mate"... the "love of his life" etc etc.
I would bet the farm he did just that. And he's getting away with it.

But not TOTALLY away.. he sits in a jail cell at Clinton, in upstate New York, convicted on Work Comp related fraud charges in two different counties. Sadly although both convictions were a triumph for New York law enforcement, (who by the way, ALL think he killed Kelly and some believe that he brought he up there as well,) Perry received two sentences that were concurrent instead of consecutive. He has at least two years and maybe more before he is eligible for parole.

This is NOT enough time served for a psychopath that killed a beautiful, talented, spirited and loved woman named Kelly Rothwell. Who knows? I know that NO strain of conscience will suddenly make him confess; he has neither soul NOR conscience. He has a violent past, a history of abuse to family, wives and girlfriends. How poignant it is to me that Kelly wanted to make domestic violence a concentration in her law enforcement career. 

So today we sadly commemorate another year gone by without Kelly Rothwell in this world. Her mother Nancy sent me this:
"On this day, March 12, the fourth anniversary of my beautiful daughter Kelly's disappearance, I weep in silence. Four long years of not being able to feel her warm embrace, not being able to have a mother/daughter chat on the phone, hear her adorable giggle or just catch up on what's going on. Kelly was a loving daughter, a caring sister and aunt and a devoted friend to many. She was always a radiant light bringing incredible joy and happiness to her family and friends. This world most definitely lost a wonderful person that day, but what gets me through this wrenching loss is that I know she is one of God's most precious angels... a quote from Rose Kennedy, a mother who suffered many losses in her lifetime-
'It has been said that 'time heals all wounds'... I do  not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.' "

I heard a song today on the radio by James Blunt, called Carry You Home..I thought of Kelly through tears. I pray that her spirit is never forgotten.

                                                           "Carry You Home"

Trouble is her only friend and he's back again.
Makes her body older than it really is.
She says it's high time she went away,
No one's got much to say in this town.
Trouble is the only way is down.
Down, down.
As strong as you were, tender you go.
I'm watching you breathing for the last time.
A song for your heart, but when it is quiet,
I know what it means and I'll carry you home.
I'll carry you home.
If she had wings she would fly away,
And another day God will give her some.
Trouble is the only way is down.
Down, down.
As strong as you were, tender you go.
I'm watching you breathing for the last time.
A song for your heart, but when it is quiet,
I know what it means and I'll carry you home.
I'll carry you home.
And they were all born pretty in New York City tonight,
And someones little girl was taken from the world tonight,
Under the Stars and Stripes.
As strong as you were, tender you go.
I'm watching you breathing for the last time.
A song for your heart, but when it is quiet,
I know what it means and I'll carry you home.
I'll carry you home.


David Perry mug shot