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In part one of Oxygen's docu-series "The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers," reporter Stephanie Bauer visited the site where 35-year-old missing mother of five Crystal Rogers' car was found. Rogers was last seen the night of July 3, 2015 at her home in Bardstown, Kentucky, and her car was found on the side of the Bluegrass Parkway two days later.
Casey Ballard, Roger's brother, walked Bauer through the events that happened on the evening of July 5, 2015. Ballard explained that Rogers' car — a red Chevy Impala — had been abandoned on the side of the highway, and her keys, purse and phone were still inside. The back passenger side tire was low, but according to Ballard, it wasn’t “flat enough where you couldn’t drive it.”
He told Bauer that Rogers had driven on a tire that low before, and she had barely noticed. Ballard also claimed Rogers wouldn’t have pulled over on the parkway and would’ve waited to get somewhere safe.
“I don’t think she was ever in the car,” explained Ballard.
According to him, the driver seat had also been slid back, and the back of the seat was upright. He told Bauer that Rogers usually drove with the seat close to the steering wheel and the back of the seat lowered.
Ballard said, “She didn’t drive this car here.”
Though authorities did take Rogers' car in for processing in 2015, it was later returned to Rogers' mother, Sherry Ballard.
To learn more about the Ballards' search for Rogers, watch "The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers" on Oxygen.
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