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2 years after Crystal Rogers' disappearance, family and friends continue to fight for answers

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than 100 people met Wednesday evening at St. Thomas Church in Bardstown to pray for answers in Crystal Rogers' disappearance. 

With roses and candles in hand, family, friends, and community members remembered the mother who disappeared two years ago.

"When I lost Crystal, I thought that was the worst thing in the world," said Sherry Ballard, Crystal's mother.

July 3, 2015, is the day that turned Sherry Ballard's world upside down. Her daughter, a mother of five, went missing. Rogers' boyfriend, Brooks Houck, was later named a suspect but never charged with a crime.

Since then, there has been little to no answers. A prayer vigil has been held every year since her disappearance, but this year, someone was missing. 

"When her daddy was shot, I don't know even what kind of emotion I had," Ballard said.

Tommy Ballard was shot and killed in November of 2016. Similarly, his case has also seen no answers. 

"He's right up there at the cemetery," Sherry Ballard said through tears. "So he really isn't far from me."

Earlier in the day, Ballard supporters also drove throughout Bardstown bringing attention to the cases so that Crystal and Tommy will not be forgotten. 

But community members said that's something that will never happen. 

"The community has always been behind her," said Vicki Bunch, a family friend. "[It's] time for answers ... I mean two [years]? Come on."

While tears were shed for both the father and daughter at the service, messages of strength and prayers were painted onto rocks for the family. And it's from that strength and Sherry Ballard's own faith that keeps her fighting every day for her husband and daughter. 

"I promised him I would do everything in my power to get justice for him and Crystal," she said.

If you have any information in Rogers' disappearance or Crystal Ballard's death, you are urged to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office or Kentucky State Police. 

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