DETECTIVE: 'Crime' involving Crystal Rogers believed to have happened at Houck farm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Bardstown woman's attorney has issued a statement after her home was searched Thursday afternoon in connection with the disappearance of Crystal Rogers.

Rogers, a Bardstown mother of five, disappeared last summer. Her car was eventually found on the Bluegrass Parkway with a flat tire, her purse, phone, keys and diaper bag still inside. 

Yesterday, the Nelson County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the home of Anna Whitesides. Whitesides is the grandmother of the prime suspect in the case, Brooks Houck, who was also Rogers' boyfriend.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office says deputies spent four hours at the home Thursday afternoon.

Since then, attorney Jason P. Floyd, who represents Whitesides, has issued a statement about the search. That statement is as follows:

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant signed by Circuit Judge Simms for Ms. Whitesides’ residence, garage, and any vehicles there at the time of the search, for any vacuum cleaners or other cleaning items capable of being used in a car, and for any documents relating to the trade-in of her white Buick for her new vehicle.  That is what was taken today, a couple of vacuum cleaners and shop vacs, and some envelopes from her new car’s glove compartment.

Since we do not have access to the affidavit used to obtain the warrant, we cannot comment upon the basis for the issuance of the warrant.  We have no new information as to whether any forensic examination has been completed on Anna’s old white Buick.

As has been the case throughout this matter, Anna cooperated with the search warrant process in every way that we were able.  Though we contend that the focus of the investigation is unreasonably centered upon Anna, whom has provided a great deal of assistance to authorities in this investigation, and thus her maintenance of her 5th Amendment privilege against making any further statements, Anna nevertheless understands that search warrants are a routine part of any investigative process.

Last week, police also served Brooks Houck's brother, Nick Houck, with a search warrant. Nick Houck was terminated from the Bardstown Police Department last fall for interfering with an ongoing investigation into Rogers' disappearance.

"I've always thought that he was involved with Brooks, so maybe they'll get what they need to prove he was involved," said Tommy Ballard, Crystal Rogers' father.

Police would not say what they were searching for in either case, except that it's related to Rogers' disappearance. 

The findings of the warrants may not be known for months, but the Ballards are feeling a mix of emotions as they come one step closer to finding out what happened to their daughter. 

"I'm happy that something has happened, but it's not going to be happy when we find out what happened to Crystal," Ballard said last week.

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