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Loved ones raise awareness and money for missing Nelson Co. mother

Crystal Rogers (Source: Nelson County Sheriff's Office) Crystal Rogers (Source: Nelson County Sheriff's Office)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A four week fundraiser for a missing Nelson County mother has raised more than $50,000 to help with her five children.

On Friday, family and friends of Crystal Rogers sold more than 2,800 sandwiches, totaling more than $20,000.

While in the parking lot of Liberty Tax Services, the owner invited volunteers to sell t-shirts, bracelets and key chains to add to Roger's children's trust fund. 

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Members of the Fraternal Order of Police Old Kentucky Home Lodge 43 contributed their skills by grilling and delivering the meals. The FOP has used their services for a variety of fundraisers, but said this is the largest one the group has ever been a part of.
 
Friday evening, the community gathered at Nelson County High School football field for a community photo to show support for Crystal’s family. Everyone was asked to wear a "Prayers for Crystal" t-shirt, in support of Rogers and her family.
 
Rogers was reported missing on Sunday, July 5, after her car was found near mile marker 12 on Bluegrass Parkway, just outside of Bardstown. Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly said there were no obvious signs of foul play near the car. What's still unclear is how her 2007 maroon Impala ended up with a flat tire on the side of the Bluegrass Parkway.
 
Rogers was last seen Friday night, July 3, by her boyfriend, Brooks Houck, on his family's farm where they were spending time with their 2-year-old son. As the search continues, Rogers' father said he can't help but think something terrible has happened to her.
 
The family has increased their reward to $71,000 for information leading to Rogers. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at (502) 348-1840.

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