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'Praying For Closure': Cadaver Dogs Search Subdivision In Quest To Find Missing Mom Of 5 Crystal Rogers

Crystal Rogers' mom Sherry Ballard told Oxygen.com that she is "praying for closure" as cadaver dogs search a neighborhood subdivision.

By Gina Tron
FBI Takes Over Crystal Rogers Case, Executes Searches

The FBI are using cadaver dogs to search a subdivision in Kentucky in connection with the mysterious disappearance of Crystal Rogers.

“Based on information collected over the last year by the federal investigation into the disappearance of Crystal Rogers, FBI Louisville is now conducting several searches in the Woodlawn Springs subdivision,” FBI Louisville tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Woodland Springs is a 250-acre residential community located in Bardstown, where the mother of five vanished in 2015. There are about 280 homes in the subdivision, local outlet WHAS111 reports.

“The search will definitely take all day today, but the ultimate timeline will be dependent on what is found,” a spokesperson for FBI Louisville told Oxygen.com on Tuesday morning. “We will be there as long as it takes.”

Rogers, 35, was last seen alive in her Bardstown home in July of 2015. Her car was later on a parkway with a flat tire days later. Her keys, purse and cell phone still inside. While her body has never been found, investigators presume that she is dead.

Sherry Ballard, Rogers' mother, told Oxygen.com on Tuesday that she is "praying for closure and that they bring my daughter home to us."

"I’m praying this is God's time and he will answer all our prayers," she said regarding the new search.

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 the residence of Rogers' boyfriend Brooks Houck. He has long been identified by authorities as the sole suspect in the case, local outlet WHAS11 reported in 2019; Houck was also the last person to see Rogers alive. He has vehemently denied having anything to do with her' disappearance and he has never been charged. He now has sole custody of the one child he had with Rogers. 

Agents were spotted carrying numerous boxes out of his home following a search. The FBI said in March that authorities were close to wrapping up their investigation, local outlet WDRB reported. 

The small city 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 the Oxygen app, or on Peacock.