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'Item of Interest' Recovered In Search For Crystal Rogers

"We know there are individuals in the community who have information on Crystal's disappearance. Now is the time to come forward," the FBI said as their search of a subdivision in Bardstown, Kentucky continues.

By Gina Tron
Crystal Rogers' Mom Hopeful Amid New Search

An “item of interest” has been recovered in the search for missing mom Crystal Rogers and the FBI warns that now is the time for those holding information on the case to come forward.

"As FBI Louisville begins Day 4 of the search at the Woodlawn Springs subdivision, we have recovered an item of interest,” TFBI Louisville announced in a Friday statement. “This item is being further evaluated, and we will release additional information as it becomes available."

This week, the FBI brought out cadaver dogs to search the subdivision, located in Bardstown, Kentucky  the town where the mother of five vanished in 2015. By Tuesday, agents began excavation efforts at a home in the subdivision built by Rogers' boyfriend, Brooks Houck. He has been the only person identified by authorities as a suspect in the case.

FBI agents returned to the same house on Wednesday with a mobile command unit and more equipment. Local outlet WLKY reported that they have been digging near the home’s driveway.

The FBI confirmed to Oxygen.com Friday that the search was still active.

Rogers' mother Sherry Ballard told WLKY that this home is the same home that both she and her late husband Tommy Ballard searched during their own investigation into Rogers’ disappearance. Tommy was then shot to death in 2016 by an unknown person while hunting on a family property. His death remains unsolved.

The FBI stated Friday that anyone with information should come forward now.

"We know there are individuals in the community who have information on Crystal's disappearance. Now is the time to come forward," FBI Louisville said in their statement.

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.

Houck has vehemently denied having anything to do Rogers' disappearance and he has never been charged. He now has sole custody of the one 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.

Ballard told Oxygen.com earlier this week that she is "praying for closure."

FBI Louisville urges anyone with information to go to CrystalRogersTaskForce.com/tips or to call 502-263-6000.

For more on this case watch "The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers" on the Oxygen app, or on Peacock.