INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. - It's been three days since anyone has seen Kelly Rothwell, enough time for her family and friends to fear the worst.
"I think she's dead. I do," said neighbor Mary Williamson.
The investigation began Sunday morning when deputies received a call to check the welfare of 35-year-old Rothwell, who lives with her boyfriend, 46-year-old David Perry. According to a sheriff's statement, the call was made by a friend who was concerned about Rothwell's safety and domestic troubles between the two.
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 home. Repeated calls to Rothwell's cell phone have gone unanswered. Those who know Rothwell say it is uncharacteristic of her to disappear and not return calls.
Rothwell is a police recruit attending the Pinellas Police Academy in St. Petersburg. She has not missed class since she began back in November. She did not show up for class on Monday. Rothwell was last seen leaving a Clearwater Beach restaurant on Saturday around 3:30 p.m. Detectives are concerned she may be in danger.
Perry was tracked down in New York state, but so far is refusing to speak with detectives.
"He's elected not to discuss anything to do with this case or provide us any background," said Detective Michael Bailey with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Robbery-Homicide Unit at 727-582-6200. To remain anonymous and receive a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc. at 1-800-873-TIPS, or www.CrimeStoppersOfPinellas.org .
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