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David Perry, boyfriend of missing Fla. police cadet Kelly Rothwell, called suspect

The boyfriend of missing Florida police cadet Kelly Rothwell is reportedly refusing to cooperate with investigators. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 46-year-old David R. Perry recently returned to Florida after abruptly going to New York the weekend the 35-year-old Rothwell disappeared. They say detectives asked him Sunday to submit a DNA sample, but he refused. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at 727-582-6200. Personal Photo

David Perry, boyfriend of missing Fla. police cadet Kelly Rothwell, called suspect
Kelly Rothwell
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(CBS/WTSP/AP) Police in St. Petersburg are now calling David Perry, the boyfriend of missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell, a suspect in her disappearance.

Pictures: Fla. police cadet missing, boyfriend not talking

Thirty-five-year-old Kelly Rothwell of Indian Rocks Beach was last seen by a friend on March 12 when she said she was going to break up with Perry, according to a friend of hers. The 47-year-old Perry left for Elmira, N.Y. the next day, reports CBS affiliate WTSP.

On Tuesday police named Perry a suspect in Rothwell's disappearance, citing his "bizarre behavior and lack of cooperation."

Florida authorities have wanted to question Perry in the disappearance of Rothwell. Perry has refused to take a DNA test or talk to authorities, aside from his lawyer providing police with a three-hour timeline of the day Rothwell disappeared.

Authorities say Perry began a new relationship with another woman shortly after Rothwell disappeared.

Perry was arrested in May on unrelated charges of grand larceny and insurance fraud.

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