The tiny town of Elmira, New York pulled together last Saturday night to honor missing Florida Police Cadet Kelly Rothwell. With candles and song, poetry and love, they walked around Eldridge Park lake, with Kelly's sisters Lauren and Lindsay, to pay tribute to a vibrant, beautiful woman whose only fatal mistake was to try and walk away from her then boyfriend, Elmira native David Perry. She went home to their shared Florida condo to break up with him March 12th and was never seen or heard from again.
Perry, who has a police-documented history of domestic violence, has steadfastly remained silent, although many messages and comments to the Facebook sites and blogs started for Kelly by her friends, have been riddled with vile and disgusting comments by bang-and -run Facebook entries. After investigation, almost ALL of these profiles have been found to be fake, leading most to believe that Perry himself made them up. People in Elmira that knew him when he lived there have all called him 'arrogant, belligerent and egotistical', and many have surmised that it is Perry himself that has been posting the comments and vague threats of retaliation. Admins of the Facebook pages dedicated to Kelly have been strident in capturing and deleting these posts, although not before copying them and sending them in to law enforcement. Internet stalking, know as Cyberstalking and writing threatening or malicious words to cause harm to another person is a crime in New York as well as many other states.
The postings are taunts and grisly summations of what may have happened to Kelly and are too graphic to be posted here. Suffice to say that they are, in the least, the rantings and attention-grabbing ravings of an ego-hungry maniac. Could they be the confessions of a cold-blooded sociopath who knows what really happened to Kelly and is reveling in the publicity?
Statistics state that any "normal" innocent person would not taunt nor degrade a person with whom they had shared a life with, yet Perry has consistently berated and verbally abused his ex- wife Luana, to this day, sending her disparaging emails and calling her unspeakable names. The posts from other sites, purported to be from "Whoopisisobese, UKguy, Justified, Reasonable1234 and NYJRT ALL contain virtually the same language, including the misspellings and syntax There is a discernible pattern of speech that those who knew Perry say they recognize. The names on the different sites may be different, yet the verbiage is almost identical. Most who have read the posts on the various sites and this blog agree that the speech patterns fit Perry. It seems the entire town of Elmira has an opinion of Dave Perry.
The good people of Elmira honored a woman Saturday night who they never met, didn't know and will never have the opportunity to meet or talk with..... because someone cruelly took her life. A life she had worked hard for and was looking forward to, a life of service to her community and and a life with good friends and a loving family. She tried to run from a horrible situation with David Perry....
She just couldn't run fast enough.