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Friends hold vigil on 3rd anniversary of Kelly Rothwell disappearance

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The flyer for the missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell The flyer for the missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Friends of missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell held a walking vigil Wednesday near her Indian Rocks Beach condo to mark the third anniversary of her disappearance. The Pinellas Sheriff's office spokesperson said they have no new leads on the investigation.

Rothwell vanished on March 12, 2011. Pinellas County Sheriff's investigators said they believe Kelly Rothwell was murdered, but her body has not been found. The pain of not knowing still lingers three years later for Rothwell's friends and family.

"Every day feels like a year and the past three years have just felt like a millennium," said vigil organizer Donna Scharrett prior to the walk.

"We’re going to be carrying signs, selling t-shirts, to help fund another search for Kelly's body and we plan to do this all day long," she added.

Scharrett says she spent March 11, 2011 with Rothwell. That's the day she says Rothwell told her she planned to break up with her live-in boyfriend and move out. The next day, Rothwell vanished.

Pinellas County detectives named Rothwell's boyfriend, David Perry, as their only suspect. Perry is currently serving time in a New York prison on an unrelated offense and has never been cooperative with investigators.

"It is maddening. It is downright maddening," said Scharrett.

She wants the walking vigil to keep Rothwell's disappearance in the public eye, along with the suspect in the case.

"To make this community to remember that one of their residents, someone who was willing and ready to take an oath to protect the people of this community is now missing and presumed dead with one person who has been a named suspect," said Scharrett.

Several searches for Rothwell's body around Pinellas County have turned up empty. Beachside vigils for her keep getting smaller. New billboards have yet to generate strong leads. But Scharrett is determined to keep Rothwell's memory alive.

"We want people to look at her picture. Look at her car. Look at the pictures of him and just try to rewind to that day. Maybe you saw something," she said.

There is a $50,000 reward in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call contact the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200 or the CUE Center For Missing Persons' 24 hour tip line at (910) 232-1687.

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