Tuesday June 14, 2011
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
Robbery / Homicide Unit
David R. Perry (Suspect)
Address: 1708 West Church Street, Elmira New York
Kelly L. Rothwell (Missing Person)
Address: 2708 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach FL.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Homicide detectives have now named
Perry as a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Kelly Rothwell. Rothwell went missing from 2708 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach FL.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Homicide detectives investigating the
disappearance of police cadet Kelly Rothwell have now named her boyfriend,
David Perry, as a suspect. Since Rothwell went missing on Saturday March 12,
2011 detectives have worked to determine how and why she disappeared.
Throughout the investigation detectives have learned from the family and
friends of Rothwell that she would not have gone voluntarily missing. They
told detectives the night she went missing was the same night she was ending
her volatile relationship with Perry and moving out of their Indian Rocks
Detectives have long called her boyfriend David Perry a witness in the
investigation, and have repeatedly requested his cooperation. To date Perry
has still failed to acknowledge detectives requests for interviews regarding
that night, and they believe he is intentionally withholding information.
They say he fled to Elmira, New York where he has family, the same night Kelly
was reported missing by friends in Florida. Now those Elmira family members
have stated they will not talk to detectives about Perry and Rothwell, or they
have requested an attorney to be present during questioning.
His bizarre behavior and lack of cooperation coupled with detectives recently
learned Perry began a new relationship with another woman shortly after
Rothwell disappeared, has detectives now naming him a suspect in her
disappearance. Detectives will continue their pursuit of the truth about what
caused Rothwell's disappearance with or without Perry.
Detectives continue to ask for anyone with information about the couple and
specifically David R. Perry to please call Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Homicide Detectives Michael Bailey and Amy Plourde at 727-582-6200.
The investigation continues.