The live-in boyfriend of a missing police cadet whose case has attracted national attention recently returned to Florida but refused to cooperate with investigators, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives became aware that David R. Perry, 46, the boyfriend of Kelly L. Rothwell, 35, was at a local storage facility removing items on Sunday morning, said a Sheriff's Office statement released Monday evening.
The detectives asked Perry if he would voluntarily submit his DNA but he refused, the statement said. It said he has since returned to New York state, where he abruptly went the weekend Rothwell disappeared.
Rothwell was last seen about 3:30 p.m. March 12, leaving the Chili's at 25987 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater. She told a friend she planned to break up with Perry. Later that night, she failed to meet friends as planned.
Rothwell and Perry shared a condo in Indian Rocks Beach.