Investigators return to home of missing Nelson Co. mother

Boyfriend maintains innocence as tips come in on missing mom
Published: Jul. 10, 2015 at 10:21 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2015 at 10:21 PM EDT
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BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Only WAVE 3 News was there as investigators used K-9 units to search a car parked in the driveway of a missing Nelson County woman.

Friday marked one week since Crystal Rogers, 35, was last seen.

For her family, the past week hasn't been easy.

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"It's been a nightmare," Rogers' uncle, Mike Ballard, said.

On Friday he watched as detectives returned to the home Rogers and her boyfriend, Brooks Houck, share.

"Evidently they've maybe gotten a lead, maybe they have gone back to the farm with a warrant to search that farm and hopefully they will turn up something there," Houck said.

Specially trained dogs searched an SUV parked in the couple's driveway. Rogers was last seen July 3 by her Houck while they were spending time with their 2-year-old son.

Houck has maintained his innocence and has fully cooperated with detectives. He took a lie detector test, but WAVE 3 News has learned the results were inconclusive. On Thursday, he spoke with Nancy Grace.

"I'm 100 percent completely innocent in this and I have exhausted my efforts with the law enforcement agencies to gather all the facts necessary to allow me to have a clean name again," Houck told Grace.

Family and friends have been searching for Rogers with the help of the volunteer group Northeastern Kentucky Search and Rescue.

"Most of us are public servants already, firefighters, EMTs, police, we were just looking for a new way to serve our community," Jonathan Martin with the group said.

"We're all friends and it makes it personal," group commander Rick Winchester said.

The organization formed a few months ago and never dreamed they would be put to work so quickly.

"We've had a lot of boots on the ground," Martin said. "The other night we had 75 searchers, seven people from our group and the community really stepped up, and they were trying to do what they could to help find Crystal Rogers."

As each day passes her family can't help but fear the worst.

"Hopefully we find her soon and get this over with," Ballard said.

The family has increased its reward to $40,000 for information leading to Rogers. Anyone with details on her whereabouts is urged to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at (502) 348-1840.

To learn more about the Northeastern Kentucky Search and Rescue Group and to learn how you can help, click here.

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