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FBI Releases New 'Area Of Interest' In Crystal Rogers Investigation

Crystal Rogers, a mother of five, has not been seen or heard from since Fourth of July weekend 2015, and she is presumed dead by authorities.

By Aly Vander Hayden

The FBI has released a new "area of interest" related to the investigation of Crystal Rogers, a mother of five who vanished from Bardstown, Kentucky on July 3, 2015.

Investigators are asking the public to remember where they might have been during the early morning hours of July 4, particularly if it was in the vicinity of Poplar Flats Road and Farmaway Drive.

"Can you remember what you saw, or what you may have heard? Do you recall anything unusual or out of place that morning near that location? Do you have surveillance cameras that capture this area? The FBI and the community is asking you to share such information if you were in that area at that time," the FBI wrote on the Crystal Rogers Task Force website, which also released a map of the area.

Rogers, 35, was reported missing on July 5, 2015 after she disappeared from the home she shared with her former boyfriend, Brooks Houck, who has been named a suspect in the case. Later that day, Rogers' maroon Chevrolet Impala was found off the Bluegrass Parkway with a flat tire. Her keys, purse, and cell phone were still inside it, according to a 2015 report from local newspaper The Kentucky Standard

Rogers has not been seen or heard from since, and she is presumed dead by authorities.

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Earlier this month, FBI Louisville announced it was taking over as the lead investigative agency on the case. More than 150 state and federal law enforcement officers executed nine federal search warrants on multiple properties, including homes belonging to Houck and his relatives, according to local newspaper the Courier-Journal.

"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

The announcement came after the FBI's Evidence Response Team recovered possible human remains near Nelson County, Kentucky. The remains were sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, where they are still being tested, Beam told Oxygen.com

Anyone with information about Rogers' disappearance can reach the FBI at 1-800-225-5324 or on the Crystal Rogers Task Force website.  

"Even if you do not believe your information is relevant, we still ask you contact us with any information from this time period and location," the FBI wrote.

The agency has also highlighted four mysterious unsolved murders in Bardstown, including the shooting of Bardstown Police Department Officer Jason Ellis, the killings of Kathy and Samantha Netherland, and the shooting of Rogers' father, Tommy Ballard.

To learn more about Rogers' case and the Bardstown murders, watch "The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers," streaming now on Oxygen.com.