One year later, no answers in disappearance of Bardstown mother

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the last year, signs with pictures and information about Crystal Rogers have been posted all over Bardstown.

Rogers' parents, Tommy and Sherry Ballard say the mother of five has not been seen or heard from since July 3, 2015.

The Ballards say they knew something was wrong when they couldn't get in touch with their daughter on the Fourth of July.

“She wasn’t returning any phone calls,” said Rogers’ mother, Sherry Ballard. “She still hadn’t contacted us and that’s when I really started getting worried.”

The following day, investigators say Rogers' car was found abandoned on the side of the Bluegrass Parkway near the 14 mile marker.

"The car was unlocked. It had her purse and phone in the seat, the passenger seat, and her keys were still in it. She had a flat tire. I knew she wasn't there. I knew she hadn't been there," said Rogers' father, Tommy Ballard. "I figured we would find her in 4 or 5 days. I never dreamed it would be this long."

The next big development in the case came in October, when the Nelson County Sheriff named Rogers' boyfriend, Brooks Houck a suspect in her disappearance. The sheriff also said Rogers was likely dead.

Houck’s brother, Nick was also fired from the Bardstown Police Department after he was accused of interfering with the investigation.

An FBI polygraph examiner said Nick Houck failed a lie detector test relating to Rogers.

Prosecutors are now working to determine if a car belonging to Brooks Houck's grandmother played a role in the disappearance.

She has been asked to testify before a grand jury, but she’s invoked her Fifth Amendment right.

A hearing is set for later this month to determine if she will be required to testify.

Though no one has been charged and there is no sign of their loved one, Rogers’ parents say they will not give up.

To mark the anniversary of Rogers' disappearance, family members put balloons along the Bluegrass Parkway at the spot where her car was found abandoned.

"We're hoping somebody might ride through there that went on vacation last year and may be going on the same vacation and may see that sign and it might click that they remember seeing that car,” said Rogers’ mother, Sherry Ballard.

The Ballards have asked the community to put up pink balloons to keep their daughter’s name in the public eye.

They hope someone out there with key information will do the right thing.

"Please come forward. If it was your family, other people would help your family,” said Tommy Ballard. "We need to have closure."

The family will mark the anniversary with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Thomas Church in Bardstown.

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