Kelly Rothwell

Kelly Rothwell
Much Loved Sister, Daughter, Friend

Thursday, April 27, 2017


David Perry, the only suspect in the probable murder of Indian Rocks police cadet Kelly Rothwell, was arraigned today at the Painted  Post Police station on charges of felony parole violation and criminal impersonation. Perry, who was on parole for felony fraud and grand larceny charges, was violated after he was found  April 24th at 10:00 pm at the house of a woman in Painted Post  Village that he had met on a dating website using the name David Jones. Coincidentally, one of his his daughter's married last name is Jones.
Painted Post  Village is in Steuben County; Perry lives in Elmira which is in Chemung County. The conditions of his parole are that he not leave Chemung county and check in the first Wednesday of every month with his parole officer Eric Winkky.  Perry was also driving up to Corning over the summer and into the fall, going to the  Corning YMCA to work out almost daily as well.
 Either Mr. Winkky wasn't paying close enough attention or decided to look the other way, but Perry has been violating his parole since last summer.
The woman Perry has been dating for a few months had posted a photo of herself with Perry on Instagram.  Her friends saw it, recognized Perry and called her right away, telling her who Perry really was. She left her house with her child and went to the police. Police arrived and removed Perry from the house. Police called her a "victim"  and she is not a suspect.
Perry was denied bail and as of right now he is at the Steuben County jail. When he was last there Perry got into a nasty fight with another inmate and broke the guy's nose.
NOT a nice guy, is our Davie....

So what's next for Perry? He constantly seems to be trolling the internet for women; he can't stand to be alone. He's also running out of last names to use...
Lets hope he has to go back to Clinton to finish out the 3 1/2 years left on his too short sentence.
Or maybe, just maybe Pinellas County will get a crack at him soon...


Some of the information for this post was provided by the NBC affiliate in Elmira with my thanks.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Last night, April 24th at 10:01 pm, an alert came out that David Perry was arrested for violation of parole. Apparently Perry was picked up at his home at 1708 Church Street in Elmira, NY as his car is still sitting in his driveway.
It couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy...  oh wait.. yes it could...

For months, David Perry has been giving the law the middle finger, violating his parole by constantly leaving the city limits and going to not only the gym at the YMCA in Corning, but ALL over Horseheads and the surrounding areas.. areas where he isn't supposed to be visiting, according to the terms of his parole. He was even  hear that he was working at Hobby Lobby, unloading trucks.. kinda hard to do, wouldn't you say, with his badly injured back and all... His parole officer must have been blind or else was looking the other way..regardless, SOMEONE finally paid attention and Perry's little freedom sprint has hopefully come to an end.

Perry still has 3 1/2 years on his sentence for fraud and grand larceny. With this parole violation, it is still a bit unclear whether he will go directly back to Clinton in Dannemore, NY for the violation or just get more parole time added. NY judges are notorious for declining to put a parole violator back in the system and Perry's judges have been notoriously lenient before ..(remember Perry being allowed to go to HAWAII WHILE awaiting trial on fraud charges?) One can only hope that he goes back to jail and stays there for the remainder of his sentence. Right now he sits in CCJ, Chemung County Jail. It seems now in all likelihood that he will be returned to Clinton to finish out his sentence in jail up there

Apparently at intake, Perry had to give urine and blood samples. It would stand to reason that if he had blood tests, it would show the presence of  narcotics in his system, which the parole officer, Eric Winkie would  let go because they were prescribed by doctors. Because he is getting disability from Social Security for a supposed back injury, he has been prescribed those narcotics for the pain. However, according to his ex- wife Luana, Perry didn't take the pills but instead used to stockpile his drugs.. Luana said that he just kept getting the drugs for free and keeping them, instead of taking them.

" He was never really injured in the fight at the prison,"  Luana told me several years ago in an interview. "He just kept getting the pain meds from his doctors to make his claim look real. He used to keep the bottles of pain meds all over the house. He would only take them when he knew he had to give a urine sample, so he could get more."

If Perry DIDN'T have any opioids, you know, the PAIN MEDS he took "everyday " to manage his pain, could that show that he was lying about all of it?  Who knows.. I hope they explore that angle.. it needs to be looked at.

Sources tell me that the arrest took place with the cooperation of the West Elmira Police Department. Usually when the police are involved in addition to the parole officers, thats usually something a LITTLE  more  serious than a jaunt to the Y in Corning as a violation.

As of now, I have no information if his home was searched for any evidence of the stockpiled drugs, but I hope they did.  Perry has been running his own show for FAR too long. He has lied and hurt SO many people, he SHOULD be back in prison , where he belongs.

 I spoke with Nancy Rothwell, Kelly's mother earlier today and told her about Perry being back in jail and asked her how she felt about it.

"I believe that him being back in jail is exactly where he is supposed to be, " she said. "He is an evil person and he will NEVER reform or follow the rules if he's let out. This (jail time) may not be what we're hoping for, but any day in jail is a small amount of justice for Kelly. In my heart," she said,
"I know that one day there will be justice for Kelly, I truly believe that... it WILL happen. For now, this will have to do."

I called Kelly's father Tom. He, too, is a grieving parent. Tom doesn't give any press interviews at all, but he gave me one two years ago, I thought I owed him to tell him about Perry being back in jail.
Tom doesn't pull any punches.

"Good," he said about Perry's arrest. "He belongs in the grave."

I will be updating this post as new info comes in. Please keep Kelly Rothwell and her family in your heart. They deserve justice for Kelly.

Meanwhile Kelly Rothwell is STILL missing. She needs justice. Let's get her some...

Link to Unfound Podcast on Kelly's Case.. My interview with Unfound producer Ed Dentzel

© Leigh Clifton 2017


David Perry mug shot