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Fla. woman, Kelly Rothwell, goes missing, boyfriend skips town

Kelly Rothwell WTSP

Kelly Rothwell
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(CBS/WTSP) INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. - Kelly Rothwell, who was training to be a police officer, has been missing since Saturday - and her boyfriend has left town, according to police.

Donna Scharrett was the last person to see the 35-year-old Rothwell. They had a girls night on Friday, and a grocery store surveillance camera caught a glimpse of both women as they grabbed pizzas for dinner, reported CBS affiliate WTSP.

The next morning the two went to yoga and then had lunch at Chili's. That was the last time Scharrett saw her friend.

Scharret told WTSP that Rothwell had plans to go home and break up with her boyfriend David Perry, whom she had tried to break up with before unsuccessfully.

Indian Rocks Beach detectives say Rothwell was sharing an apartment with Perry, 46, who was a retired corrections officer, the station reported.

Since Rothwell has disappeared, Perry has skipped town in Pinellas County, Fla. Detectives say he is now in New York and refusing to cooperate with the investigation.

Sunday, detectives found a man at Rothwell's apartment taking out the trash and watering the flowers; it ended up being Perry's 21-year-old son, David Perry Jr., according to WTSP.

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