Mother fears missing Indian Rocks Beach woman Kelly Rothwell is dead

5:39 PM, Mar 22, 2011   |    comments
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Kelly Rothwell and boyfriend David Perry

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida - The mother of an Indian Rocks Beach woman is in Florida this week to gather her daughter's personal belongings. Kelly Rothwell went missing more than a week ago.

Nancy Rothwell says her daughter's boyfriend is not cooperating with investigators and she now she fears her daughter may likely be dead.

Kelly Rothwell, 35, was just weeks away from graduation at the St. Petersburg Police Academy when she was reported missing by a close friend on March 13th. Deputies responded to the home for a welfare check, but the home was empty.

Rothwell's car was later found abandoned several miles from her home and her longtime boyfriend, Dave Perry, was tracked to New York, where investigators say he is not cooperating with the investigation and will not allow detectives to search his car. Perry is a former corrections officer from Elmira, New York.

A neighbor who lives in the same building with Rothwell and Perry on Indian Rocks Beach says on Saturday evening before Kelly was reported missing, he and his wife heard loud noises coming from the couple's condo directly above theirs.

"It was a thumping and banging on the ceiling. I don't know how to describe it. [It sounded] like somebody threw something down or threw something on the ceiling real bad," said neighbor Ken Williamson.

Rothwell's friend, Donna Scharrett, says after their lunch Saturday, Kelly planned to return home to talk to her boyfriend about breaking up. She has not been seen since.

The family has hired a psychic to help answer some of their many unanswered questions. Detective Mike Bailey of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says while Perry remains a strong person of interest, there is no evidence to have him arrested and, at this point, there are no new leads in the case.

Beau Zimmer, 10 News

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