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Mother of missing Bardstown woman reacts to shocking twist in daughter’s disappearance

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a missing Bardstown woman says progress is finally being made in their daughter’s disappearance and while they are heartbroken, they are still fighting for justice.

The Nelson County Sheriff says it is likely that Crystal Rogers, who has been missing since July 3, is dead.

“She has vanished on this earth and I think it's safe to say she's dead,” Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly said. 

“I saw it on my phone,” Rogers' mom Sherry Ballard told WDRB News. “When I saw that, I just fell apart, you know just seeing it, broke down.”

Crystal Rogers has been missing for nearly four months and the Nelson County Sheriff's Office is responsible for finding out what happened to her. Sheriff Ed Mattingly named Rogers’ Boyfriend Brooks Houck as the sole suspect. His brother, Nick Houck, was just fired from the Bardstown police department Friday.

“I've not trusted everything he's told me this whole time. He never was honest about a lot of things that happened,” Ballard said.

Mattingly also believes his brother, Nick Houck, knows what happened.

"I have eight pages of circumstances that lead me to look in their direction, yes,” Sheriff Mattingly said.

Nick Houck was fired from his job as a Bardstown Police officer on Friday.

"I was less than impressed and was very bothered by some of the actions that were displayed,” Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said.

Mayor John Royalty says he failed an FBI polygraph test regarding Crystal Rogers’ case. Sheriff Mattingly added Nick called his brother Brooks and told him not to talk to police shortly after Rogers' disappearance.

“He has done things that caused him to be suspect. When evidence comes to a point that probable cause points at him, he'll be arrested,” Sheriff Mattingly said.

It's a day Crystal Rogers' family is waiting for. The mother of five was last seen the weekend of July 4 at Brooks Houck's family farm. Her car was later found abandoned, her purse and keys still inside.

“They still think their mom is coming home and I can't tell them she's not,” Ballard said. “I mean I don't know how to deal with her children -- telling them.”

But despite knowing she may never see her daughter again, Sherry Ballard said she’s leaving a small window of hope open in her heart.

“We'll never let go of that little piece of hope until we know something for certain,” Ballard said.

The Ballard’s are also in a custody battle with Brooks Houck over the two-year-old child their daughter had with him. Now that he has been named a suspect in her disappearance, the family is hoping to have the child back in their home.

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