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FBI announces it will take over the investigation into the disappearance of Crystal Rogers

Posted at 8:02 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 20:32:11-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — The FBI announced Thursday morning it is taking over the investigation into the disappearance of Crystal Rogers.

"I have committed publicly and privately that delivering long-sought justice in Nelson County is the highest priority case of the United States Attorney's Office," said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. "Today's efforts by our stalwart FBI, IRS, and KSP partners is a major step in honoring that promise."

Crystal Marie Rogers was reported missing by her mother on July 5, 2015. She had not been seen or heard from since the evening of July 3, 2015.

The same day Crystal was reported missing, her car was found abandoned with a flat tire at mile marker 14 on the Bluegrass Parkway. Crystal’s keys, phone, and purse were still inside her red Chevrolet Impala.

The FBI said more than 150 state and federal law enforcement officers began executing nine federal search warrants Thursday morning and will be conducting more than 50 interviews in Bardstown. Some of the search warrants include addresses in the 100 block of Glenview Drive, the 700 block of Pulliam Avenue, and the 300 block of Paschal Ballard Lane.

Properties searched included homes belonging to Rogers’ former boyfriend, Brooks Houck, and his brother, an ex-Bardstown police officer, the FBI confirmed.

In addition, the FBI launched a website dedicated to sharing information regarding Crystal's case. It will serve as the official source of information from law enforcement.

"I ask that members of the community think back to July 3 and 4 of 2015," FBI Louisville Special Agent in Charge Robert Brown said. "For those individuals who have information about this incident but who have not yet spoken to law enforcement for whatever reason, please contact us. A hallmark of the FBI is we never give up. The FBI is committed to bringing those responsible to justice, but we are going to need the community’s assistance."