CLEARWATER, Fla. (FOX 13) - It's been almost eight years of unanswered questions for the family and friends of Kelly Rothwell, the police cadet who mysteriously disappeared in Pinellas County without a trace.
While no arrests or discoveries have been made in her case in almost a decade, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is trying to bring attention back to Rothwell's disappearance with the hopes of finding answers.
Rothwell was last seen on March 12, 2011 while shopping with a friend, before heading out to eat at a Chili's restaurant in Clearwater. It was there she told her friend that she planned to end her toxic relationship with her boyfriend, David Perry, later that day.
"He was increasingly keeping her away from her family, keeping her isolated. She ended up not talking a lot to people," said Leigh Clifton, a free-lance journalist who has been following the story since Rothwell's disappearance and now serves as a spokesperson for the Rothwell family.
However, Rothwell was never heard from again.
Her neighbors reported strange sounds coming from the apartment she shared with Perry just hours after she returned home.
"We heard all the thrashing and banging up there. Right after that, he was vacuuming like crazy. And then, Sunday morning, he's gone," said Ted Williamson, Rothwell's neighbor, during an interview in March of 2011.
Just a day later, Perry suddenly moved back to New York, leaving the apartment he shared with Rothwell wiped clean. Over the years, Perry has refused to cooperate with police and is currently serving jail time in New York for unrelated charges.
Rothwell's car was found just two miles away from her home with her purse and wallet nowhere to be found. With limited information and few clues, the case has since gone cold.
Eight years later, the family is still waiting for answers.
"It's been really hard on the family," said Clifton.
They said Rothwell, who was just months away from graduating the police academy, would never have vanished from the life she loved so much.
"She was the top of her class, she was brilliant at what she did," said Clifton. "Everyone loved her - there's no way she would have walked away. There's no way."
The family just wants closure. They still remain hopeful that someone knows something that could break this case wide open and bring an end to an 8-year-long mystery.
"They really hope that this case can be solved and they can bring their daughter home," Clifton said.
If you have any information about Rothwell's disappearance, you're asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office immediately.