Human remains found over the summer in Kentucky, not far from where Crystal Rogers was last seen alive, represented potential resolution about the missing mother of five's fate, but the mystery still lingers.
For Rogers' family, the news comes with both sadness and relief.
“I honestly don’t know how to feel or react about the news on the human remains,” her mom Sherry Ballard told local outlet WTVQ. “Of course I’m upset that it isn’t my daughter, but at the same time I am relieved. As a mother, in my heart I truly never felt like this was my daughter. This was my hope though of finally bringing my daughter home and now I am back to square one of not knowing where my daughters [sic] remains are located. I will never lose hope though in finding my daughter.”
Rogers vanished on July 5, 2015 and later that day her maroon Chevrolet Impala was found off the Bluegrass Parkway with a flat tire and the keys, her purse, and cell phone still inside it. Investigators presume that she is dead.
While nobody has ever been charged in Rogers’ case, her boyfriend Brooks has been named a suspect in her disappearance, local outlet Nelson County Gazette reported in 2015. In a 2015 interview with Nancy Grace, he admitted that they had a “stressed relationship” at times, but he vehemently denied having anything to do with her disappearance.
“The FBI is continuing to investigate the Crystal Roger’s [sic] case,” the sheriff’s department states. “The results on the human remains does not change their investigation or drive to bring closure and justice for the Ballard family and the citizens of Nelson County. We will continue to work with the FBI and assist with anything that is needed.”
It’s unclear who the remains in question belong to. In August, officials said that initial findings concluded that they were likely that of a female, local outlet WLKY reports.
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