Family members, volunteers search for missing mother of 5

Family members, volunteers search for missing mother of 5
Crystal Rogers was last seen on July 3. (Source: Nelson County Sheriff's Office)
Crystal Rogers was last seen on July 3. (Source: Nelson County Sheriff's Office)
Sherry Ballard (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sherry Ballard (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly (Source: WAVE 3 News)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – Family members and volunteers spent Monday searching a wooded area off the side of a Nelson County roadway for clues that might lead them to a missing mother of five.

"We're just trying to find her," Sherry Ballard said of her 35-year-old daughter Crystal Rogers.

Ballard said she feared the worst as her and dozens of volunteers combed the area off of the Bluegrass Parkway near miles marker 12, outside of Bardstown.

That is where family members found her car Sunday. All of her belongings were inside.

"Her purse was in there, her cell phone was in there, her keys were in the ignition," Ballard said. "She don't ever leave her cell phone, ever. She would have not gotten out of that car and left her cell phone in that car."

Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly said there were no obvious signs of foul play near the car. What makes this case even tougher is the fact Rogers is the niece of a Nelson County deputy and Bardstown Police Captain Tom Roby.

"If Crystal can hear our voice, we love you, want know where you are at. Contact us and let us know you are OK," Roby said.

Rogers was last seen Friday night by her boyfriend, Brooks Houck, on his family's farm where they were spending time with their 2-year-old son.

"They went out and they came home and he went to bed and supposedly she stayed up on her phone," Ballard said.

"I want everybody to know that he has been completely corporative with our investigation and has tried to assist us in any way that he can," Mattingly said of Houck.

What's still unclear is how her 2007 maroon Impala ended up with a flat tire on the side of the Bluegrass Parkway.

"Somebody saw something somewhere that will get us going in the right direction," Mattingly said.

Rogers' parents are offering a $25,000 reward for information in the case.

Anyone with information on Rogers' whereabouts is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at (502) 348-1870.

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