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Bardstown community gathers to pray for Crystal Rogers' safe return

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- With candles in hand and emotions high, community members gathered Tuesday night outside St. Thomas Parish in Bardstown. 

They weren't there to mourn Crystal Rogers, but to, in the words of her parents, pray for the mother of five's safe return.

"You just wonder where is she," said Sherry Ballard, Rogers' mother. "Every night you go to bed, you wonder where she's at."

Tuesday marked one year since the 35-year-old's car was found abandoned on the side of the Bluegrass Parkway.

"I found her keys were in it," said Tommy Ballard, Rogers' father. "Her purse and phone was in the passenger seat. I knew she wasn't in that car. It had a flat tire."

It had already been two days since family members say they had last seen Rogers.

"You know how many people ride down the road and look on the side of the road and think is she in that ditch?" Sherry Ballard asked.

"Is she in this ditch? You know?"

The missing woman's longtime boyfriend, Brooks Houck, was named a suspect in October when investigators also declared Rogers was likely dead.

Houck's brother, Nick, was also fired from the Bardstown Police Department, accused of interfering with the Rogers investigation.

One year later, though, no one has been charged in the case.

"This shouldn't have happened," said Mary Taylor, who organized Tuesday's event. "Crystal should be here."

Though she didn't know Rogers, Taylor was inspired to put together Tuesday night's service.

"The thing that inspired me most about the whole thing is just Crystal having five kids," Taylor said. "I have four kids myself, and it really hits home."

Through poems, prayers and song, the community leaned on one another for support.

They closed the ceremony by releasing dozens of pink balloons, reminding people all over that Rogers' loved ones will never stop looking for her.

"The family needs answers," Taylor said. "They need to move on. They need some type of closure. The kids need to know where their mom is."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office. 

"We love you," Sherry Ballard said. "And we're never gonna give up. We're gonna keep searching."

The court will next decide whether Houck's grandmother must testify before a grand jury as to whether her car was possibly used in the disappearance.

That decision should come later this month.

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