Elmirans are coming together on April 30th at Eldridge Park, in Elmira at 7:30 to honor Kelly Rothwell, the missing police cadet from Florida who lived with Elmira native David Perry. The vigil will be set around the lake in the park's center and the local news media has finally gotten involved.
This case has certainly galvanized this small town, where a large percentage of the jobs market is centered around the Elmira Correctional Maximum Security facility, otherwise know as "the Hill." Since I started writing about this case, many people have come forward with information and opinions.
The feelings in this town are predominantly AGAINST David Perry; there are those who think he's guilty of the murder of Kelly Rothwell. I include myself in that group. What emerges from the psyche of this small, tight knit community is a dark and sordid picture of a man who severely beat his wife and children, who was a obsessive.compulsive with a major drug problem, a sociopath who bullied the women and family in his life. It is widely believed that he faked an injury during a minor inmate scuffle at the Elmira Correctional facility where he was employed as a Corrections Officer, and used the incident to garner a 3/4 Pension from the State of New York and disability paid for by Social Security.
Many Elmirans have joined the Bring Kelly Rothwell Home Facebook page and posted loving comments to Kelly's family and friends. But Perry, ever the control freak, has been posting on the sites as well, in a hit and run fashion, changing names and email addresses when caught. He is obviously following blog sites, where he has made disgusting and accusatory comments about Kelly, ALL of which are false and have been discounted and removed.
What makes this case doubly sad is that Perry cannot be compelled to talk to police and he has retained lawyer Tom Reilly, known for his strict defense of right's law. The fact that Perry has constantly been taunting Kelly's family and friends with seeming impunity is a double insult to Kelly's memory. His taunting shows a twisted, sadistic man who thinks he's gotten away with murder...literally....
Rothwell has been missing since Saturday March 12th from their Florida condo in Indian Rocks Beach, after she left a lunch date at Chili's with her best friend Donna Scharrett earlier that day.
During that lunch, Rothwell told Scharrett that she was breaking up with Dave Perry because of his obsessive compulsive nature.Kelly Rothwell went back to their condo to confront David Perry. She hasn't been seen since. Perry fled to Elmira and had been in hiding, refusing to speak to police.He surrendered his car to authorities only after NY State Police executed a warrant and is still refusing to provide police with a DNA sample.
Thank you Leigh. You made a promise over a month ago, and by God, you stand by your word. I'm right next to you, my friend.ReplyDelete
I think it speaks volumes about the strength and sense of community Elmira residents have that they are planning this vigil for someone they didn't know, but have come to care for.ReplyDelete
Leigh... you are amazing <3ReplyDelete
Good job Leigh. Happy to read any further blogs you post, and will be even happier to hear he's in custody. I am just barely nervous about the possibility of his showing up at the vigil. Hopefully with the sensitive nature of the case, police will be present...just a few here and there. glad that we can show support for Kelly and her family. hoping and praying for quick resolution.ReplyDelete
You are awesome!!! You certainly know how to do it! My hat goes off to you and I bow down. Without you, we probably wouldn't know most of what is going on. I am very honored to get to know you through all of this and even more so that you have stood by my sister and the Rothwell family as closely as you have. Light and Love! WE WILL BRING KELLY ROTHWELL HOME!! <3<3
Thank you Leigh, and everyone who will not let this die out until Kelly is found...so many people who love Kelly and so many that despise David...I hope the vigil goes off with out any unecessary drama from the Perrys..it is about KELLY and only KellyReplyDelete
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I dont think the police have a snow balls chance in hell of ever catching this guy. I`m afraid that this rotten bastard will probably get away with murder.ReplyDelete
I don't think he dumped her in the ocean or waters around there.. too busy. He went where he was comfortable, most do. He knows that without a body, there is not likely a crime. Hopefully law enforcement is looking where Luana said, the places he hunted, the lands where he lived for long periods or land that he may own. If there is no blood evidence, he knew to not cause bleeding. This was planned for some time, because he talked about it. He is a sociopath, and hopefully the police will gain evidence for places in NY where he was comfortable with so we can start searching. I am wondering if they had cadaver dogs smell his car when he turned it over for evidence. I would be willing to help or do whatever to search if we had more ideas of where he was comfortable with in this area. I just feel like he took her where he was comfortable with and felt there would be no evidence of a crime.ReplyDelete
He will get caught no doubt in my mind. I just hope he does before he hurts someone else. Lacey Peterson was in an ocean and eventually they found her. The young girl in Baltimore was missing for 4 months before she was found in the Conowingo Dam. I am holding on to hope. I believe he may be convicted without a body eventually. Its just a matter of time before someone says something. If in some way he does get away with it for now, hes not enjoying his life anyway. He is constantly sitting at a computer reading all these posts, he will be harrassed anywhere he goes and hopefully the name David Perry sticks in all womens minds so he wont be dating either. So enjoy your lonely dark world dave!ReplyDelete