Sheriff's Office Executes Second Search Warrant at Kelly Rothwell's Condo

Police also say David Perry, boyfriend of the missing Indian Rocks Beach woman, is now allowing his car to be searched.

Calling the case of missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell suspicious, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office executed a second search warrant Thursday at the Indian Rocks Beach condo, where Rothwell lived with her boyfriend David Perry.

Rothwell, a police cadet training in St. Petersburg, was reported missing March 13. She was last seen March 12, when she was on her way to break up with Perry, according to her friend Donna Scharrett, who first contacted police.

Det. Mike Bailey also released new information Friday about attempts by investigators to meet with Perry, who has refused to talk with detectives.

Bailey said that Perry, who left for New York the weekend Rothwell disappeared, has consented to have his vehicle searched by detectives there. He also is providing a timeline of his activities through a spokesman for his attorney.

Bailey said that Perry consented to only give information on three hours of that timeline. According to Bailey, it is unclear at this time whether or not Perry has, in fact, hired an attorney.

“The information we have received via email about Perry’s limited cooperation is from an attorney spokesperson. We are not aware if he has actually hired an attorney to represent him," Bailey said. "Our question remains that we are left to wonder is why he would need an attorney if he has not been charged with any crime. We just don’t know."

Bailey said that the Florida investigation included processing Rothwell’s car, found at a Holiday Inn two miles from her house. Bailey declined to say if any substantial evidence pertaining to Rothwell’s disappearance was found.

Detectives interviewed friends, family and neighbors of Rothwell and Perry.

Bailey confirmed that on March 14 David Perry’s son, David Perry Jr., showed up at the condo and tried to remove a cardboard box, which detectives took into their possession and have at this time.

Bailey has declined to describe the contents of the box. Perry Jr., who lives near Indian Rocks Beach, then left Florida and returned to Elmira, New York. Bailey said that Perry Jr. just returned to Florida.

Perry Sr. has been unavailable for comment.

The last time anyone heard from Rothwell was March 12, when she had lunch with Scharrett at a Chili’s restaurant. Scharrett said that Rothwell told her she planned to end her relationship with Perry.

Rothwell had planned to move in with friends in the Palm Harbor area. Scharrett said that Rothwell had described Perry’s behavior as very controlling and possessive, and that he had been reading her emails.

Scharrett asked deputies to perform a welfare check at the condo. Neither Rothwell nor Perry were inside the condo, and both of their cars were gone. Most of the furniture and belongings were undisturbed.

diana hartman March 27, 2011 at 05:43 AM
Was the dumpster at the Holiday Inn searched for evidence of a body or fingerprints? I believe Kelly is in a landfill somewhere. Don’t like to be blunt but that's my feeling. Weren't there any surveillance cameras at the hotel or near where she lived? I am sure some neighbors must have had surveillance cameras. My prayers go out to Kelly's family and friends.
diana hartman March 31, 2011 at 05:49 AM
I still have a hunch that Kelly is in a landfill somewhere. According to a Nancy Grace show the boyfriend was getting a pension and disability benefits for a bad back as a result of his employment as a corrections officer in New York. As per www.seethroughny.net there is a person with the boyfriends's name who retired from the Elmira, NY correctional facility on February 17, 2005. Pension amount for 2010 was $48,025.If getting Social Security Disability benefits too, I would estimate perhaps about $2,000 per month-- give or take in addition to the pension. Hopefully the Feds and NY state will be reviewing the pensions awarded. The boyfriend seems pretty able bodied to me--especially being able to vacuum the floor numerous times per day. Plus being able bodied to get his stuff out of storage. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kelly's family and friends. She will be found eventually.
Matt April 01, 2011 at 07:52 PM
The detective doesn't understand why the boyfriend would hire an attorney? The detective is either an id1ot or is doing precisely what dishonest cops love to do: vilify people for exercising their rights. As the prime suspect in this case, the boyfriend would be stupid to say one word to the cops without an attorney. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik That said, he's probably guilty as hell.
Mike April 01, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Hey Matt, Check your references and understand what police work actually is. The Detective is in the news at least once a year for SOLVING THE CRIME OF HOMICIDE. His work is well known. The statement that they dont understand why is rhetorical in nature. it was used to make a point and draw attention to the level of dirtbag that the suspect actually is in the case. Get your facts staight or dont waste everyones time writing BS
Doreen April 01, 2011 at 08:14 PM
I agree..retainig a lawyer doesn't necessarily make someone guilty. Nowadays, when a husband/wife go missing..the spouse becomes the person of interest. I'm not saying he's NOT guilty, but the fact that he hired a lawyer doesn't confirm anything. I hope Kelly is found soon. My prayers are with her family.
Kay April 03, 2011 at 01:19 PM
The boyfriend does not have to talk to the police. Remember you have constitutional rights. I hate to break it to you people, but sometimes people get killed and the boyfriend gets railroaded. Cudos to him for not talking.
Kay April 03, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Matt, I agree with your first two sentences. However, judging him is the wrong thing to do. Guilty or not is not for us to decide. It happens every single day that lazy cops want to find an easy way to get a suspect. Why should someone cooperate with police knowing that they will twist everything and arrest him for murder. Both hell and heaven won't get a suspected murderer out or get him a "not guilty" verdict. He is doing the right thing by not talking. Police need to investigate if they want a suspect. Their lazy ways of finding easy prey should end.
Kay April 03, 2011 at 01:25 PM
My oh my how you judge a person without knowing anything about the case. Tell you what, if your g/f go missing right after she breaks up with you, please cooperate with the police and be fully forthcoming about the fight. Your behind will be serving life for something you did not do.
Kay April 03, 2011 at 01:27 PM
WTG Sherlock Holmes. Let's have you solve all the cold cases in America with this twisted logic.
catchDave14905 April 11, 2011 at 12:04 AM
wow Kay, you must be related to the dirtbag. i do know him (unfortunately) and hope he rots in prison. if he had nothing to do with her disappearance, he'd be out searching for her, calling her friends & family for updates, speaking to reporters begging the public to help find the lady he loved. but no, he knows that she can't come home, so what would be the point.
Lauren April 11, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Mike- thank you... And KAY- That a@@hole actually has more rights at this moment than Kelly or her family has right now. When someones significant other vanishes and they flee, they make it obvious that they are responsible. I dont know if you have ever lost someone to foul play but, if you do, then let me know if you still feel that way about someones "rights" to keep quiet.


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