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Suspect In Crystal Rogers' Disappearance Arrested For Felony Theft

Witnesses reported seeing officers leave Brooks Houck’s house with shingles, a computer modem and several evidence bags.

By Stefan Lembo-Stolba
Timeline: The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers

The main suspect in the disappearance of Crystal Rogers has been arrested and charged with felony theft, police say.

Rogers’ ex-boyfriend, Brooks Houck, was taken into custody Wednesday, after local, federal and state law enforcement officials were seen going in and out of his home, WDRB in Louisville reported.

Witnesses told WDRB that they saw law enforcement officers leaving Houck’s house with shingles, a computer modem and several evidence bags.

"It was strange," Sammy Johnson told WDRB. "This was supposed to be about shingles. And why do you have the federal agents that are searching? This ain't about shingles, I don't think. I think it's bigger."

Houck was named the main suspect in the disappearance of Rogers after she went missing in 2015. He has not been arrested or charged with any crimes in relation to Rogers' disappearance.

Rogers, a 35-year-old mother of five, went missing in July of 2015 in the town of Bardstown, Kentucky. Her car was found abandoned on with a flat tire and her keys and phone left inside.

While Rogers’ body has not been found and she is still technically considered missing, a detective with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said last month that her case was being handled like a homicide.

“It became pretty evident early on that it was not going to be a standard missing persons case,” Det. Jon Snow told Louisville news station WDRB in June.

Rogers’ eerie disappearance will be the topic of an upcoming TV series on the Oxygen network. The investigative series will be named “The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers” and will follow a detective and journalist as they explore the events surrounding Rogers’ vanishing.

In the series, journalist Stephanie Bauer will partner with retired homicide detective Dwayne Stanton to explore Rogers’ disappearance and several other unsolved homicides that haunt the small Kentucky community. 

When Rogers disappeared, her family admitted that they were skeptical of her relationship with Houck. Houck publicly denied the suspicions multiple times, Oxygen.com has previously reported.

"I'm 100%, completely innocent in this,” he said.

Since the disappearance, Houck’s brother, Nick, was fired from his job as a police officer for the Bardstown Police Department. He was accused of interfering with the investigation into his brother, tipping him off about upcoming interviews and advising him not to speak with police.

Police have since searched Houck’s family farm and evidence was reportedly sent to forensic labs, WDRB reported.  

Houck is being held in Nelson County Jail and his arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 2.

[Photo: Nelson County Jail, FBI]