09/16/2011 01:33 pm ET Updated Nov 16, 2011

Kelly Rothwell Missing: Fundraiser For Florida Police Cadet

A fundraiser will be held in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., this weekend to aid the search for missing police cadet Kelly Rothwell.

The pancake breakfast event is being held at The Church of the Isles from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, and proceeds will go directly to The CUE Center for Missing Persons to fund a search for Rothwell.

Rothwell, 35, was last seen on March 12 when she left a restaurant in Clearwater, Fla., with her friend Donna Scharett.

"We had lunch together at Chili's restaurant, and, about 3:30 p.m., said goodbye in the parking lot," Scharett told The Huffington Post. "That's the last time anyone heard [from] her."

Scharett called police on March 13 and asked them to check on Rothwell after mutual friends told her she had failed to show up for a planned get-together. When deputies arrived at the condo she shared with longtime boyfriend David Perry, there was no sign of the couple and both their cars were gone. Later that day, deputies found Rothwell's green 2007 Subaru Outback abandoned on a street about two miles south of her home.

Detectives later discovered Perry, a 46-year-old retired corrections officer, had left Florida for New York.

In August, authorities named Perry a suspect in the disappearance of Rothwell.

"Throughout the investigation, detectives have learned from the family and friends of Rothwell that she would not have gone voluntarily missing. They told detectives the night she went missing was the same night she was ending her volatile relationship with Perry and moving out of their Indian Rocks Beach apartment," the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.

The CUE Center is a non-profit agency, "dedicated to finding answers for the families of the missing." The organization conducted an 11 day search for Rothwell in June and is planning another search within the coming months.

Donations to the search effort can also be made via the CUE Center's website.


Fundraiser For Missing Florida Police Cadet