Kelly Rothwell

Kelly Rothwell
Much Loved Sister, Daughter, Friend

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~

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