Monday, March 21, 2011

Still No Word on Police Cadet Kelly Rothwell!

Here is an original idea for the police academy in St. Petersburg where Kelly Rothwell was training to be a law enforcement officer, allow those in her class to immediately go out into the field and investigate her disappearance? Take a real life situation of a missing and abducted person out from the classroom and apply it in the field for Kelly Rothwell. It is the very least everyone can do.

Headline's in the news such as "we are not cleaning up her desk" is wasting valuable investigation time. As I wrote a few days ago time and evidence are vanishing (see list below).

Kelly was going back to the home she shared with Perry on Saturday to inform him it was over. She was moving out and on with her life. That is the last time anyone has heard from her. Perry was the last person to see her alive. According to law enforcement, this coward fled to New York, he refuses to cooperate with authorities, playing the offender's game of "catch me if you can." In my opinion, law enforcement must not waste precious time they need to consider the following:

  • For the Sheriff's office in Indian Rocks Beach Florida, time is important if they are to obtain evidence that may already be lost. Her car has already been located and there is likely not much in the way of evidence, Perry is too smart for that.
  • Law Enforcement need to obtain a warrant and have Perry's car impounded.
  • If his plates are Florida, they will have an easier time, it depends on what residence he has on the drivers license. Kelly Rothwell's cell phone pings need to be captured immediately.
  • A warrant needs to be issued immediately by a Florida Judge so law enforcement can gain access into the condo. They can also serve the condo association and gain immediate access. The trap to all the sinks (elbow) need to be tested to see if there is blood still there. The same goes for the showers and bath tubs in the unit.
  • Garage shoots and dumpsters on the property need to be gone through, regardless of whether or not a pick-up has occurred, they might pick up traces of blood.
  • Cameras on the property or from surrounding buildings need to be checked.
  • Sun Pass toll activity on his car needs to be investigated because he went through tolls to get to New York.
  • Gas stations and ATMs within the area of the condo with a description of his car is also a way to detect activity.
  • Home depot and hardware store activity should be checked.

I cannot stress enough, if you are in a relationship that has a history of violence, simply mustering up the courage to confront the person and say it is over, without the proper tools, can cost you, your life!
One of the major reasons women stay in abusive relationships is fear. They are afraid of what will happen to them and their children if they leave. Sadly, their fears are often justified; statistics show that a woman is at the greatest risk for injury when sheannounces her plans or leaves an abusive relationship.

The book "Time's Up A Guide on How To Survive and Abusive and Stalking Relationship" is the prescription, if you will, that every person must obtain before they announce they are leaving. Below is an example from Chapter 4, one of many unique tools provided in the book. It is available on, or you can purchase via e-book or on a cd. If you have questions, the email address is:

Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit by Susan Murphy Milano from the Book "Time's Up" from Courage Network on Vimeo.

Susan Murphy Milano is with the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She is an expert on intimate partner violence and homicide crimes. For more information visit She is also in partnership with Pamela Chapman and iAscend Programs.

Susan is the author of "Time's Up A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships," available for purchase at the Institute, and wherever books are sold. Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time's Up!" on Here Women Talk is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated The Roth Show with Dr Laurie Roth. Susan is a survivor- the daughter of a police officer family intimate partner homicide by her father who murdered her mother before committing suicide.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why do some women feel the need to "announce" they are leaving? I just up and left when he was not home. Yes, I had to leave "it all" behind, but all I wanted was safety and my children, and that's what I got. Nine years of physical and emotional abuse had taken it's toll on me. The violence was escalating to guns being put in my mouth, etc. I was strangled into unconciousness. So glad I left.

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