The Oxygen original docu-series “The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers” put the case of the Kentucky missing mother of five in the national spotlight.
Now Rogers’ mother, Sherry Ballard, is warning that someone is trying to profit from her family’s tragedy.
Rogers hasn’t been seen since July 3, 2015 and is presumed dead by police. Her father, Tommy Ballard, was fatally shot in the chest on Nov. 19, 2016 by an unknown person while waiting in a field for his grandson to go hunting. His family believes the same person is responsible for both Tommy’s death and Rogers' disappearance.
Sherry Ballard and other family and friends have wanted to keep attention on the case to find answers. But she told WHAS 11, an ABC affiliate in Louisville, that among several Facebook pages that have popped up, one is requesting donations on behalf of the family.
"To think that someone would try to benefit off of that. It’s hard. It’s very hard to think that that would happen. It’s hard to think that people could be that cruel,” Ballard said to WHAS.
Ballard said her family hasn’t — and won’t — solicit donations. She said if people want to keep up with the case to follow Team Crystal on Facebook.
"We do not have closure on Crystal and until we bring her home we won't stop,” Ballard told WHAS. “We will keep this out in the national eye as long as I have people to help me do that.”
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxgen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.