NELSON COUNTY, Ky. —
It has been more than three years since Crystal Rogers, a Bardstown mother, was last seen. Her car was found abandoned along the Bluegrass Parkway in July 2015, and while she is presumed dead, her body has never been found.
Still, her mother, Sherry Ballard told WLKY Thursday, “I think every day we’re getting a little bit closer. I do think one day I’m going to find justice for my daughter.”
Ballard said she is encouraged by the work currently being done by investigators.
“I think they’re working their butts off now to find justice for Crystal. I do think that now and I applaud them for that,” Ballard said, admitting she was disappointed by the initial investigation.
Capt. Jon Snow, with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, has been the lead investigator since day one. He made it clear Crystal Rogers’ case has not grown cold.
He told WLKY he had worked hundreds of hours of overtime and said building the case required time and patience.
“We really only get one shot at that. So, if we prosecute too early or go after someone without the proper evidence that person may be acquitted and we many never get another chance to prosecute the person that is responsible for it,” Snow explained.
He also told WLKY 72 search warrants had been executed and 172 pieces of evidence had been collected. He said the investigation has led him to multiple counties and three states.
Tips, he said, are continuing to be called in and it is those tips, along with evidence, that he believes will one day bring the case to trial.
“We really need to find out what happened to Crystal and we really need to bring some closure to the Ballard family,” he said.
“I think everyone would love to find justice for my family, I have no doubt about that. I think there will be a lot of happy people when justice is finally done,” Ballard said.
Brooks Houck, Rogers’ boyfriend, was named the main suspect three months after her disappearance. He has never been charged.
The reward for information leading to an arrest now sits at $75,000. Tips can be called into the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department at 502-348-1840.