Supporters who attended Saturday's fundraiser for missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell ask for answers.
Monday, September 19, 2011
> Friends of Kelly Rothwell, the St. Pete police cadet who went missing six months ago, held a pancake breakfast Saturday at the Church of the Isles on Indian Rocks Beach to raise money for The CUE Center for Missing Persons.
As the sun peeked out from behind a cloud about 8 a.m. Saturday, Donna Scharrett was wide awake with 11 volunteers preparing breakfast for a cause she never envisioned herself being part of sixth months earlier. The pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Church of Isles on Indian Rocks Beach honored Kelly Rothwell, 35, a former St. Pete police cadet and resident of Indian Rocks Beach who disappeared March 12. For six months, Scharrett has fought to keep authorities and the public focused on finding her best friend. “The six-month mark was more difficult than I thought it would be,” said Scharrett, 45, a resident of Palm Harbor. “Gravity just hit me. Six months is a long time to not have any answers.” About 30 people attended the fundraiser …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Locals say the quiet waterfront town is still safe and relatively crime-free despite two high-profile incidents: Kelly Rothwell's disappearance and a shooting in a hotel room.
It’s been nearly two months since Kelly Rothwell, the 35-year-old St. Pete police cadet, disappeared while on her way to her Indian Rocks Beach condo. In the weeks that followed her disappearance Indian Rocks Beach was under the spotlight. The story drew attention from media outlets across the country including the Nancy Grace show. On March 12 around 3:38 p.m. Rothwell finished having lunch with her friend Donna Scharrett at Chili’s Restaurant on U.S 19 in Clearwater. She told Scharrett she was on her way to break up with her live-in boyfriend, David Perry. That was the last anyone saw her. Although the case remains a missing persons, detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office say Perry is “a person of interest” in the …