Sunday, March 18, 2012
Busy week? Allow us to catch you up on some of the highlights.
1. Rothwell Reward Upped on Anniversary. Kelly Rothwell, who lived in Indian Rocks Beach, has been missing since March 12, 2011. A reward totaling $50,000 is offered for information on her whereabouts. 2. Rooftop Concert in Central Park. Celebrations for the Largo Cultural Center's 15th Anniversary included a rooftop concert and food truck rally. Three of the band members grew up in Largo. 3. Five Arrested in Organized Crime Ring. On Friday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office announced it had arrested five men in an $3.1 million racketeering scheme. The Sheriff's Office also said it is still searching for five more suspects. 4. Construction Continues At Highland Recreation Complex. Design plans and construction work move forward on the …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Kelly Rothwell, who lived in Indian Rocks Beach, has been missing since March 12, 2011. A reward totaling $50,000 is offered for information on her whereabouts.
It has been exactly a year since Indian Rocks Beach resident and St. Pete Police cadet Kelly Rothwell disappeared. On Monday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office announced a $25,000 reward for information that leads to Rothwell's whereabouts. The reward is in an addition to $25,000 offered recently by the Rothwell family. At a news conference Monday morning, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri gave an update on the Rothwell case, which he said was "extremely frustrating with very limited information." The Sheriff's Office provided photos and details on the investigation, in hopes the information will jog someone's memory. No detail is too small, Gualtieri said. "It's an extremely important case. We want closure for the family. We want closure for …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Friends of Kelly Rothwell are holding a fundraiser to fund search efforts for Indian Rocks Beach resident and St. Petersburg Police Cadet Kelly Rothwell, who was last seen March 12, 2011.
As the one-year anniversary of Kelly Rothwell's disappearance nears, a Palm Harbor restaurant is hosting a benefit to raise money to continue the search for her. Rothwell went missing March 12, 2011 after having lunch with her friend, Donna Scharrett in Clearwater. That day, Rothwell had told Scharrett that she was going to end her relationship with her boyfriend David Perry, a retired corrections officer who Rothwell shared a condo with in Indian Rocks Beach. Perry has since been named a suspect in Rothwell's disappearance. Friends of Rothwell will also be in Largo on March 12 at a press conference held by Sheriff Gualitieri. The sheriff will give an update on the case from when the investigation began to now. Donna Scharrett is a Palm …
Monday, November 21, 2011
A petition to change laws governing the national missing persons database is being spearheaded by friends and family of missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell.
A petition to change laws governing the national missing persons database is being spearheaded by friends and family of missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell. They created a petition on change.org seeking to require the National Crime Information Center to include information for missing adults aged 21 and older. The database includes information about missing persons aged 20 and younger. The change is important because "having the most complete listing of missing persons across the country would increase the chances of either finding the missing person alive and safe, or recovering their remains and giving their family the answers they so desperately need and deserve," creators wrote on the change.org petition. The petition has more than 1,…
Monday, September 19, 2011
Supporters who attended Saturday's fundraiser for missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell ask for answers.
> 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 …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Kelly Rothwell was honored last night behind her Indian Rocks Beach condo.
Friends of Kelly Rothwell, the St. Petersburg Police cadet who has been missing since March 12, held a vigil last night. The vigil was held in Indian Rocks Beach, behind the condominium Rothwell shared with her boyfriend David Perry. Friends of Rothwell asked attendees to bring orange items in hopes of of collecting 123 orange flowers, a flower for each day Rothwell has been missing. A small gathering of people close to Rothwell and those who only know of her came to the vigil to show their support and share their positive energy. People in attendance entered the circle of flowers and said what they felt about her. "I swear, I can almost hear her laughing in the waves," said Donna Scharrett, a friend of Rothwell's.
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 …
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Police say David Perry, boyfriend of the missing St. Pete police cadet, 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 for the Indian Rocks Beach condo, where Rothwell lived with boyfriend David Perry. Rothwell, a police cadet training in St. Petersburg, was reported missing on 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 …
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Neighbor Ken Williamson tells Nancy Grace he heard loud thumping noises on the floor above his head between 4p.m.- 5p.m. Saturday March 12th, which was about an hour after she was last seen in public.
TV talk show host Nancy Grace interviewed family, neighbors and a friend of missing St. Petersburg police cadet Kelly Rothwell on her HLN News show Wednesday night. Grace called the mystery a “bombshell” and told viewers that Rothwell had disappeared into “thin air.” Ken Williamson, a neighbor of Rothwell and her live-in boyfriend, David Perry, told Grace that on Saturday, March 12th, he and his wife Mary heard loud thumping sounds coming from the upstairs condo where Rothwell and Perry lived. “It sounded like four or five loud thumps, like some kind of heavy object, something with some substantial weight to it, was either slammed or dropped on the floor,” Williamson told the talk show host. "My wife heard them at first. Of the four or …