Its been five long, torturous years for the family of Kelly Rothwell. Since March 12th of 2011, their daughter and sister has been missing from her Indian Rocks Beach home; a home that she shared with an abusive, psychotic and everyone believes, murderous man named David Perry.
Kelly, by all accounts, was a loving, caring, charismatic woman; a woman ready to devote herself to the service of others as a police woman. A woman who today should have been able to call her mother Nancy, if she wanted, a woman who should have been laying on a beach on this Saturday, enjoying her life with friends with a cocktail and a laugh.
Instead, she is "out there".... somewhere, wherever David Perry, who killed her on a Saturday afternoon, much like this one, put her body after he brutally attacked her in their beach condo after she told him she had had enough. She had had enough of his controlling, manipulative emotional and some say physical abuse. She stood up for herself. She stood up to HIM. And he killed her for it.
I have always surmised that he killed her, he wrapped her body in the shower curtain, he put her in a sail kite bag and threw her in the back of his blue Honda. He packed her geodes; the large cliced -in-half rock formations that Kelly loved and collected for the crystals inside. (they were never found) He took off for Elmira New York, his boyhood home, where he KNEW the Pinellas County Sheriff's office would NOT look. He called his friend Sammy Karem and possibly Mike Dean, BOTH of who had houses in Seneca Lake, the DEEPEST lake in New York at 633 feet. Perry had worked at Elmira Correctional with both as a Corrections officer. See, he knew enough about the law that if NO BODY was found, the possibility of prosecution would be almost nil. He KNEW that the Pinellas County Sheriff's office didn't have the manpower, the resources or even the inclination(?) to look up in New York for Kelly's body. He KNEW they would never find her. He's STILL counting on that. At 633 feet Lake Seneca would need to be viewed or searched with sonar... it COULD be done...
After Perry was arrested ,charged tried and convicted of grand larceny and fraud, stemming from a lie about an injury he didn't have on a "Red Dot" call about an unruly prisoner he was never supposed to answer, Perry was released last September from Clinton Correctional. He has kept contact with a woman named Chelsea Plummer, someone he supposedly met while answering an ad about puppies when he was in between trials.
PUPPIES?? Really Perry? You can't even be a father to your kids, you beat the crap out of them AND your ex wife, you were HATED by everyone you worked with at Elmira, everyone IN Elmira hates you and you think you could impress a girl about puppies??? Yup , well it worked... apparently Ms. Plummer , who is almost 30 years Perry's junior, was impressed enough with him to date him while he was out of jail during his first mistrial. She's been to his house at 1708 Church Street. She's seen photos of who she thought was Kelly in a drawer. When she asked Perry about it , he grabbed them from her in a pissy fit. He told her he didn't HAVE any children .. UMMMMM .... what about the FOUR you have??? Little Davey, Brittney, Brandy and don't forget Emily, the one he secretly had with a prison guard at the prison.. OOPS.. Condoms really should be your friend , Dave.... BOOM.
Interestingly, he also told her his name was DAVID WALKER.. (ring any bells people???) and that he worked for the phone company... ANOTHER LIE from a man who wouldn't know the truth if it smacked him in the balls... which I fervently hope happens at some point in this miserable, murderous, low-life's life... I personally told Chelsea Plummer to RUN AWAY from Perry. I seriously doubt that she listened. She has her own theories about Kelly's murder, but they're hers and I'll let her tell them.. Perry might be very interested....
The Pinellas County Sheriff's office has no new leads; they haven't even kept ANY family members informed and I STILL have to ask WHY NOT? Why, when they were given names and possible leads, didn't they follow them up? Why, when the New York State police, who provided MORE clues and and insight about Kelly's case (and it's not even THEIR case) didn't PCSO do any follow up? OH YES, they went up there and poked around, but seriously after three years at that point, did they REALLY think they would find anything NOW? They should have called on Sammy Karem the DAY they were given the information.. and they WERE given the info, because I DID THE RESEARCH MYSELF. They should have checked out Mike Dean too, although that info came in MUCH later.... Sources tell me that Sammy LIED about talking to Perry when he was FINALLY questioned by police.. BIG SURPRISE there.....that Sammy talked with Perry a LOT more that just an initial contact when Perry arrived in Elmira on March 14th with Kelly's body in the truck of his car.
I know, I know, this is Kelly's day.. and it IS Kelly's day.. only its the DAY OF HER MURDER and I don't want ANYONE to forget that .. or HER.. If it takes talking about Perry for people to remember, then I'll do just that. I'm not blowing smoke up any so-called "friends" ass about ribbons, rainbows and shining lights.. this is a murder of a beautiful young woman and it deserves to be solved.
Kelly deserves justice and her family deserves peace. David Perry, on the other hand, deserves the electric chair, or hanging or whatever other method New York State offers to murderers.
So to Kelly's family, I think of you daily and I hope that by keeping this blog going, we keep Kelly's name in the public eye. It is my sincerest hope that David Perry convicted for your murder.
To Kelly, you deserve justice and to come home. We owe you that Kelly....
we owe you that.