Bardstown family searching for loved one for the second time
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) – More than 100 people prayed for the safe return of Crystal Rogers at a church service in Bardstown. Hugs and tears were shared as friends and family hope they will soon see the missing 35-year-old woman.
The family says Rogers' aunt was abducted and murdered about 35 years ago. So now, for the second time, the family is struggling to cope with a missing person case.
"Crystal is a very likeable person. She didn’t cause any trouble,” Rogers’ uncle, Roger Ballard said as he tried to hold back tears.
Rogers’ family said she rarely drove on the Bluegrass Parkway, where her car was found on the side of the road. If she did have car trouble, they say she never would have left her purse, keys, and cellphone behind. But most importantly her aunt says -- she would have called her family.
The mother of five was last seen Friday, July 3 at her boyfriend's farm in Nelson County.
“And when there was no contact, nobody heard from her, they just knew - knew something happened because it’s not her norm. She was always connected to her family,” said Donna Ballard.
And they say she very much loved her children.
"She never left her kids, she loved them kids. That baby was always beside her no matter where she went,” said Roger Ballard.
During the service at St. Thomas Parish, the church wasn't large enough to hold all the people who love her. The doors even had to be opened as people were overflowing out of the building.
"We're going to bring her home. She's going to come home to us. We love her. We know we’re connected. We'll find her - we've got angels,” said her aunt Donna Ballard.
With a $40,000 reward offered for Rogers' safe return, family members hope there will be a better outcome.
If you have any information in this case you're asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff Department at (502) 348-1840.
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