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Family of missing Bardstown woman hoping to bring attention to unsolved cases in Nelson County

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Crystal Rogers' parents say they are holding a protest to bring more attention to their daughter's case and other unsolved murders in Nelson County. Crystal Rogers' parents say they are holding a protest to bring more attention to their daughter's case and other unsolved murders in Nelson County.

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly six months after she disappeared and two months after police named her boyfriend as a suspect, there are still few answers about what happened to a Bardstown mother of five. 

Crystal Rogers' parents say they are holding a protest to bring more attention to their daughter's case and other unsolved murders in Nelson County. 

Rogers disappeared in early July. Her car discovered on the Bluegrass Parkway with her purse, phone and keys still inside.

"The hardest is knowing she's out there," said Crystal's dad, Tommy Ballard. 

"And we don't know where," Crystal's mom, Sherry Ballard, added. 

The Ballards have been searching for months but had to put their efforts on hold during hunting season. 

"We're just kind of stuck to where we don't know where to turn," Sherry Ballard explained. 

Rogers' parents say they're hoping a gathering at the Justice Center in Bardstown Thursday morning will help bring more attention to their daughter's disappearance, as well as other unsolved murders in Nelson County. 

Cases like Kathy Netherland and her 16-year-old daughter Samantha, who were killed inside their home last year and Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, who was gunned down in 2013. 

"We're not planning on being loud and rowdy and all that," Sherry Ballard said. "We just want to hold up our signs and just be recognized that we do want justice." 

The Nelson County Sheriff's office has named Rogers' longtime boyfriend, Brooks Houck, as a suspect but he has not been arrested. 

The Ballards say they hope more publicity will lead to more help on their daughter's case. 

"I think our county needs help," Tommy Ballard said. 

Rogers' parents say they're not concerned about ruffling any feathers with the protest. 

"When it comes down to the bottom line, it's me coming home every night without my daughter. So we're a little past making somebody mad. I'm doing what's best to find my daughter," Sherry Ballard said. 

The gathering is scheduled to begin at 8:30 Thursday morning at the Justice Center in Bardstown. 

Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly says there are no new developments in the Rogers case but also made clear that he hopes his office will find justice for Rogers. 

Kentucky State Police are investigating who killed Kathy and Samantha Netherland and Officer Jason Ellis. 

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