UPDATE | Investigators finish search of Houck farm in Crystal Rogers case
The two-day search of a 300-acre farm in connection with the disappearance of Crystal Rogers ended on Wednesday night.
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) – The two-day search of a 300-acre farm in connection with the disappearance of Crystal Rogers ended on Wednesday night.
“We’ve searched everything that we set out to search, so we’ve officially closed the search area and returned it to the owners,” said Detective Jonathan Snow with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.
Crews began the third search of the farm Tuesday, but this search included dozens of searchers and divers, as well as eighteen cadaver dogs.
Detective Snow says it’s the last place Rogers was seen before she vanished in July 2015. He says Rogers is believed to be dead and the farm is where whatever was done to her likely happened.
The farm that was searched belongs to the mother of Brooks Houck, Rogers’ longtime boyfriend and the only suspect in her disappearance.
Houck has not been charged.
Some “items of interest” were removed from the farm on Tuesday, but Detective Snow says nothing was taken on Wednesday.
Detective Snow would not disclose what the “items of interest” were, but the parents of Crystal Rogers say at least one piece of farm equipment was seized.
“We were hopeful that we might find more, but you find what you find and the evidence takes you where it takes you,” said Detective Snow. “I don’t anticipate coming back to the farm.”
“They told me they searched it good, so I take their word, and you know, anybody could miss anything, but I feel like they did a good job. They had enough dogs and a whole lot of manpower,” said Tommy Ballard, the father of Crystal Rogers.
“It makes me feel real good just to finally think that justice is going to be served,” said Sherry Ballard, the mother of Crystal Rogers. “I just pray that they have everything that they need and it’s been a long time coming, but I feel real good about that.”
The items seized from the Houck family farm will now be taken to the State Crime Lab to be analyzed.
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