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Search warrants executed as FBI takes over Crystal Rogers investigation

One home being searched is owned by Rogers' ex-boyfriend who police have named a suspect in her disappearance.
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 7:05 AM EDT
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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - The FBI has announced it is now the lead investigative agency on the Crystal Rogers case.

The agency made the announcement early Thursday morning.

Rogers was reported missing by her mother on July 5, 2015. She hadn’t been seen for two days. The same day she was reported missing, Rogers’ car was found abandoned with a flat tire at mile marker 14 on the Bluegrass Parkway. Her keys, phone, and purse were still inside her red Chevrolet Impala. She has been missing since.

A spokesperson for the FBI told WKYT that investigators searched three properties in connection with the case early Thursday morning.

Those properties belong to Rogers’ ex-boyfriend and suspect in her disappearance, Brooks Houck, his brother and former Bardstown Police Officer Nick Houck, and their mother, Rosemary Houck.

Warrants also are being issued at Houck’s grandmother’s house and his family farm.

There’s been a lot of speculation about human remains found in Nelson County a week and a half ago, but there’s still no word from officials on whether or not they belong to Crystal Rogers.

In a release, FBI Louisville says it is working closely with several federal, state, and local agencies including the IRS, Kentucky State Police, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

“By utilizing federal resources and expertise and by bringing a fresh perspective to the case, those responsible for Crystal’s disappearance will be brought to justice.” the statement said.

As part of this effort, the FBI said more than 150 state and federal officers started executing search warrants Thursday morning and will be conducting more than 50 interviews in Bardstown.

The FBI has also launched a website dedicated to sharing information on the case. The FBI said the site will serve as the official source of information from law enforcement regarding the case. The organization said the site will be paired with the release of previously withheld, new and unique details on the case.

“I ask that members of the community think back to July 3rd and 4th of 2015. For those individuals who have information about this incident but who have not yet spoken to law enforcement for whatever reason, please contact us,” said FBI Louisville Special Agent in Charge Robert Brown. “A hallmark of the FBI is we never give up. The FBI is committed to bringing those responsible to justice, but we are going to need the community’s assistance.”

A $25,000 reward has also been established for information leading to the current whereabouts of Crystal Rogers.

In a post on Facebook Thursday, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office thanked their detectives for their hard work over the past five years and said the FBI simply has resources that are not available to them.

I would like to take the time today to thank our team at the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office for all the work that they...

Posted by Nelson County Sheriff's Office, KY on Thursday, August 6, 2020

Rogers’ father, Tommy Ballard, was shot and killed while hunting on the family property in 2016. That case also remains unsolved.

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