Day 2 of the ongoing FBI search at Bardstown Farm in relation to the Crystal Rogers case

10/18/22

NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) — The second day of research on the Houck family farm is underway.

The farm is just 9 miles from Bardstown and is owned by Rosemary Houck, the mother of Brooks Houck, who was Rogers’ boyfriend at the time of her disappearance.

Brooks is also the prime suspect in the case, although he was never arrested or charged.

According to WHAS, cadaver dogs are being used in this search, along with heavy excavation equipment, digging into several parts of the farm.

FBI agents began their search yesterday, executing a new search warrant. For a new search warrant to be served to return to the property, the FBI must have new evidence; what that evidence may be, the FBI is not saying at this time.

There was also an FBI mobile command center at the scene and dozens of law enforcement vehicles at the farm on Monday and returning on Tuesday.

Officers searched barns, ponds and woods with heavy equipment, according to WHAS.

Ballard said Monday that it is thanks to the help of the community that the search for her daughter continues.

“Without the support of this community I couldn’t be where I am today, it’s nice to know that people feel what I feel in my heart and really support me on that” , Ballard said.

The FBI told WHAS that agents will be back for a third day of the search, as they have yet to find what they are looking for.

10/17/22

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Louisville FBI is looking for a 245-acre farm in Bardstown as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Crystal Rogers.

In a tweet, the FBI Lousiville said it was conducting “court-authorized activity” in the 300 block of Paschal Ballard Lane. The agency confirms to ABC affiliate WHAS that the search began around 7:30 a.m. The farm is known as the last place where Rogers was seen alive.

Roger has faded away since July 2015, when his car was found with a flat tire on Bluegrass Parkway near exit 10. His belongings and keys were still inside. Since then, multiple searches have been carried out and his case was featured on Discovery survey and oxygen.

In 2020, the The FBI has officially taken over Rogers’ case, and Rogers’ mother, Sherry Ballard, said at the time that she “begged for it”.

“I’ve done everything I can to get them to stand up and get some attention because I think I need someone of their magnitude to break this case and get me the justice I need” , Ballard told ABC 36.

She said that since then the search had changed and she was relieved that the FBI had taken over the investigation because they had resources that local agencies did not have.

If you have any information about this case, you are encouraged to contact the FBI at http://crystalrogerstaskforce.com or call 502-263-6000.

Brandon D. James