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.