KSP seeks information from drivers about shooting death of missing woman's father

This is the area where Ballard was shot to death Saturday. (Source: Sharon Yoo)
This is the area where Ballard was shot to death Saturday. (Source: Sharon Yoo)
Crystal Rogers (Source: Family photo via Nelson County Sheriff's Office)
Crystal Rogers (Source: Family photo via Nelson County Sheriff's Office)
Tommy Ballard (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Tommy Ballard (Source: WAVE 3 News)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky State Police are seeking information from anyone who may have traveled a stretch of Bluegrass Parkway Saturday morning and noticed any people or vehicles in the area as authorities continue investigating the shooting death of Tommy Ballard.

Ballard, 54, was the father of Crystal Rogers, a Bardstown woman who has been missing since July 2015 and is presumed dead. Her body was never found, and police believe she was murdered.

Ballard's shooting on Saturday remains classified as a death investigation, according to Kentucky State Police, despite a report in the Kentucky Standard in which two sources claimed Ballard's death is considered a "possible homicide."

Ballard was hunting with his juvenile grandson on a farm off Ed Brent Lane in Nelson County Saturday morning when he suffered a fatal gunshot wound. Trooper Jeff Gregory said the grandson "is not believed to be involved or at fault in his grandfather's death." It is not known who shot Ballard.

The Nelson County Coroner said Ballard was shot in the chest and the bullet exited through his back.

"There are numerous things which must be considered before a cause of death ruling is made as well as deciding on how to title an investigation," Gregory said in a news release Monday. "We are consistent on how we handle all death investigations before we determine the cause and before we decide if there is any criminal intent. At this time, this unfortunate incident is still labeled as a death investigation."

Anyone with information about Ballard's death should call KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown at 270-766-5078. Specifically, authorities are looking for anyone who traveled on Bluegrass Parkway between the hours of 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. in the area of the 21 to 25 mile markers.

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