ESSEX, Md. (WJZ)—A Baltimore County family is grieving after a police cadet disappears. She’s been missing for three months, and now her family fears the worst has happened to her.

Weijia Jiang spoke to the victim’s family.

Kelly Rothwell—born and raised in Overlea—has been missing since March.

The 35-year-old is the oldest of four girls. Her sisters are convinced of the worst.

Did Rothwell just up and leave?

“No. I don’t believe so at all,” responded her sister Lindsay Rothwell.

“We believe we know what happened,” said her sister Kristen Snowden.

“I think someone killed her and hid her somewhere,” said her sister Lauren Rothwell.

On Saturday, tears fell as loved ones held a vigil for Kelly Rothwell at Essex Community College,where she earned an associate’s degree.

Kelly Rothwell moved to Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. and was training as a police cadet.

“There’s someone else out there who knows where she is. All we need is that one tip,” said Lindsay Rothwell.

Rothwell’s sisters say though they believe she is dead. They hope police find her body to bring them closure, and to bring someone to justice.

“Based on the situation, it does look like something potentially could have happened to her,” said Det. Mike Bailey, Pinellas County Police.

Police say Kelly Rothwell told friends she was having domestic issues with her live-in boyfriend, David Perry, and was on her way to break up with him when she disappeared.

Shortly after, investigators say Perry, 46, abruptly moved to New York, and then refused to discuss the case with them.

Police call him a person of interest, but so far not a suspect.

“She was amazing, peaceful, positive. It’s sad such a peaceful person met such an unfortunate ending,” Snowden said.

Family members vow to keep Rothwell’s memory alive by celebrating all she gave them.

“Everything about her was positive and beautiful,” said Lindsay Rothwell.

The day after she was reported missing, police found Rothwell’s car intact but several miles away from her house. Other than that, little information has surfaced as the investigation continues.

In an unrelated case, David Perry was arrested in New York last month on insurance fraud and grand larceny charges.

The family is offering a $25,000 reward for information in this case. To find out how to donate to the reward, click here.

Comments (5)
  1. sheriff says:

    What are they waiting for? Bring the B/F in for questioning. Too much time has elapsed since March & a lot of clues have gone cold. He has to be the prime suspect.

  2. Bullfrog says:

    I also saw this story about Kelly on Dateline. A woman of Kelly’s character would definitely have contacted someone by now if she were capable of doing so. My prayers are with the family and friends of Kelly. I also believe that creep that Kelly was dating has everything to do with her disappearance, as far as he goes I hope he NEVER has a decent night’s sleep again. Even if he had nothing to do with her being missing, he was an abusive creep. The only good thing about this article is everyone knows David Perry’s name and how he is. Ladies BEWARE!

  3. Tracey Reitterer says:

    My thoughts & prayers go out to Kelly’s family & loved ones. They didn’t mention Perry as a person of interest, but the media did. They even said his new girlfriend was warned about him and she stated, “she did not care”. I equate that to dating O.J. I know love is blind, but stupid?? Not only should she have some sense shaken into her for dating off of Craigslist, but a man suspected in a woman’s disappearance?! On top of that, he’s posing in photos with the new girlfriend high up at some scenic outlook. Ann Rule has written about plenty of cases where men have bumnped off their wifes by pushing them off cliffs & claimed they were “accidents”. I hate to say it, but this new girlfriend is a fool. Someone really needs to clue her into Drew Peterson & all the other double spousal murderers out there. I continue to pray Kelly’s loved ones gets the answers & justice they deserve.

  4. williejoe says:

    Some people are drawn to bad guys like a moth to a flame. She just couldn’t help herself & or she had low self esteem & was grabbing at straws. Same old tragic tale over & over again with these women & con men serial killers.

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