HORSEHEADS, NY - The boyfriend of a missing Pinellas County police cadet was arrested in New York state on charges unrelated to her disappearance.
David Perry, 48, is charged with grand larceny and insurance fraud. The charges stem from an allegation that he fabricated an injury while he was a correctional officer at a New York state facility in Elmira in 2003.
He was arrested on a warrant during a traffic stop. Following his arrest, he was taken to Broome County in New York state for arraignment.
Investigators describe Perry as a person of interest in the disappearance of 35-year-old Kelly Rothwell.
She disappeared in mid-march after leaving a Clearwater restaurant. At the time, she was living with Perry and had told friends she intended to break up with him.
A concerned friend called authorities and deputies went to the couple's Indian Rocks Beach home on a welfare check.
When officers arrived, no one was home and both of the couple's vehicles were missing.
Rothwell's car was eventually found about two miles south of the residence.
Repeated calls to Rothwell's cell phone went unanswered. Those who know Rothwell say it was uncharacteristic of her to disappear and not return calls.
Rothwell, a police recruit attending the Pinellas Police Academy in St. Petersburg, never showed up for class again following her disappearance.
According to detectives, Perry has refused to cooperate in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Robbery-Homicide Unit at 727-582-6200.
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