Family plans large search on Saturday for missing Bardstown woman
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Even though Crystal Rogers was last seen two weeks ago, the search to find her has not slowed down. Family, friends and complete strangers have been searching every day.
With camp set up on Kentucky 49 near the Avon Fogle Bridge for days, volunteers came to sign up and help look for the missing mother of five.
“If this was my daughter, I would want any volunteers I could get to help,” said volunteer Mary Mattingly.
Many having been coming in from out of state after hearing about Crystal’s story.
“We can't express with words what it means to us,” said Crystal’s mother Sherry Ballard.
Cadaver dogs from Florida joined the search covering 80 acres in three hours.
“And the terrain around here is hilly, rocky, wet, it’s tough,” said Mike Gordey with Bring Them Home Search and Rescue.
Family members say several hundred people have been searching since last Saturday, covering Nelson and surrounding counties. Underwater cameras will be used in the search this weekend. Crystal’s dad Tommy Ballard said if the conditions are right, divers will be utilized as well.
With so many people searching for Crystal Rogers, her parents say one person has not – her boyfriend of a few years, Brooks Houck.
“He hasn’t participated with us at all,” said Sherry Ballard.
Sherry and Tommy Ballard say they've had a troubled relationship with Houck but have offered to put their differences aside. They say he still has yet to join the search
“If he truly loved my daughter, he would do anything to find her because we're doing anything,” said Sherry Ballard.
Rogers' car was found on the Bluegrass Parkway with a flat tire on July 5. Her purse, keys, and phone were still in the vehicle.
Her parents say every day is tough but they keep going for Crystal and her five children.
“When you go home at night and she's not there, you just think where is she out there. She could be anywhere,” said Sherry Ballard.
A large search is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. Since search efforts continue to grow, volunteers can meet at the Bardstown Civic Center.
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