Former Prison Guard Arrested in Connection with FL Woman's Disapearance

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities in upstate New York say they
have arrested a former prison guard whose police-recruit girlfriend
disappeared in Florida in March.

State police arrested 47-year-old David Perry, of Elmira, late Thursday night and charged him with insurance fraud and grand larceny. Trooper Mark O'Donnell says Perry is accused of fabricating an injury while working in the Elmira jail in 2003.

Authorities in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., have been seeking to question Perry about the disappearance of 35-year-old Kelly Rothwell, a police academy recruit. The two were living in Rothwell's condo when she disappeared. Perry moved back to Elmira soon after.

Perry's lawyer, Thomas Reilly, says he's suspicious of the new fraud accusations. He says he thinks it is a ploy "just to try and make him talk."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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