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Human remains found in Nelson County do not belong to Crystal Rogers

Posted at 4:35 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 16:46:33-05

NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The FBI has confirmed with the Nelson County Sheriff's Office that human remains found on July 24 were not those of Crystal Rogers.

"Just like our community, we were hopeful it would assist in answers and closure in [the] Crystal Rogers case," the Nelson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The remains were processed through CODIS, which stands for the Combined DNA Index System. The case remains open as the human remains are unidentified at this time.

Shortly after the remains were found, it was announced that the FBI would be taking over the investigation of the disappearance of Rogers. On Aug. 19, it was announced that the remains belonged to a female 24 to 82 years old. The height is estimated to be 5' to 5′9″, giving hope to many that there would be closure in Rogers' disappearance.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office says the news does not change their investigation or drive to bring closure for the Ballard family and the people who live in Nelson County.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office will continue to be the lead agency on the case. Captain Brandon Bryan is the lead investigator.