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Kelly Rothwell billboards going up in Bay area

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This billboard - at the intersection of US 19 and Ulmerton Rd. - went up on Friday. This billboard - at the intersection of US 19 and Ulmerton Rd. - went up on Friday.
Rothwell was last seen on March 12, 2011. Rothwell was last seen on March 12, 2011.
Perry, 49, is currently in a New York jail following his conviction last year on insurance fraud and grand larceny charges. Perry, 49, is currently in a New York jail following his conviction last year on insurance fraud and grand larceny charges.
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) - It’s been nearly three years since a former Pinellas County police cadet went missing.

Kelly Lundy Rothwell was last seen just after 3:30 p.m. on March 12, 2011 leaving a Clearwater restaurant. During lunch Rothwell told a friend that she was going home to inform her live-in boyfriend that she was moving out and ending their relationship.

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Nobody has seen or heard from her since.

Several billboards are or have already gone up in the Bay area in an effort to get some new information on the case.

Rothwell’s boyfriend – David Robert Perry – has been identified as a suspect in her disappearance. He is currently behind bars, convicted late last year by a jury in Elmira, New York on insurance fraud and grand larceny charges.
 
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Perry, a former corrections officer, was sentenced to four to 12 years in state prison last month.

On Friday the first billboard was put up at the intersection of US 19 and Ulmerton Rd. in Largo. Rothwell’s best friend Donna Scharett is doing her best to make sure the case of her missing friend remains in the public eye.

“I just want to know what happened to her. It is gut-wrenching [not knowing],” Scharett says. “Hopefully the billboards will bring in some fresh tips. That’s what we are hoping for.”

On Monday Scharett is getting the tailgate of her Chevy Blazer wrapped with the picture and information contained on the billboard.

At the time of her disappearance Rothwell was a cadet at the Pinellas Park Police Academy. Perry, 49, was officially named a suspect in the case by investigators in Pinellas County in August 2011.

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