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The FBI announced that it is continuing to uncover new information in the Crystal Rogers case as the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of the missing Kentucky mother who vanished in 2015 draws near.
Rogers, a 35-year-old mother of five, went missing from her Bardstown, Kentucky home in July 2015. Her car was found parked on the Bluegrass Parkway with a flat tire days later, with her keys, purse and cell phone still inside. While her body has never been found, investigators have said that they presume that she is dead.
"As the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of Crystal Rogers approaches, FBI Louisville remains steadfast in its investigation,” the bureau's field office told Oxygen.com in an email statement. “Our investigators continue to uncover information and are working diligently to piece together what truly happened on July 3, 2015. The FBI will continue to use all available resources to bring this investigation to an appropriate conclusion."
No charges have been filed in the case, but Rogers' boyfriend, Brooks Houck, has been identified by authorities as a suspect in the case, local outlet WHAS11 reported in 2019; Houck was the last person to see Rogers alive. He has vehemently denied having anything to do with her' disappearance. He now has sole custody of the child he had with Rogers.
Last summer, the FBI took over the investigation from the local police. Bureau investigators have said they've been analyzing evidence and conducting dozens of interviews while searching homes — including Houck's residence. Agents were spotted carrying numerous boxes out of his home following a search. The FBI claimed in March that detectives were close to wrapping up their investigation, local outlet WDRB reported.
"The FBI has been working on this investigation for a while, and our hope is we bring a fresh perspective to the case. More importantly, we also bring a significant amount of resources to this investigation," FBI Louisville spokesman Tim Beam told Oxygen.com last summer.
Brian Jones, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Louisville Field Office, told local outlet WHAS 11 last year that they are trying to do the investigation “right.”
“We want to ensure that our part in this investigation that we are doing everything we can to solve the case,” he said. “Sometimes moving fast isn't the best solution for any kind of complex investigation like this. So it has taken some time.”
Sherry Ballard, Rogers' mother, told Oxygen.com on Monday that she is hopeful about the progress the FBI has made on the case.
"I’m very proud of the work the FBI has done so far, she said. "I only wish it could be sooner. But I understand this has to be done right for the best results and for justice to take place. It’s hard for me to think it will be six years. It feels like a lifetime to me. I can’t imagine waiting another year. I think things are progressing very well. I do think I will get justice soon. I cannot wait until that day finally gets here."
The small town of Bardstown is home to three other mysterious deaths: the unsolved shooting of Bardstown Police Department Officer Jason Ellis, the killings of Kathy and Samantha Netherland, and the shooting of Rogers' father, Tommy Ballard.
For more on this case watch "The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers" on Peacock.
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