Nelson Co. sheriff: One Houck brother a suspect in Crystal Rogers' disappearance, likely death

Published: Oct. 16, 2015 at 2:49 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 30, 2015 at 5:32 PM EST
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Officer Nick Houck (Source: Bardstown Police Department)
Officer Nick Houck (Source: Bardstown Police Department)
Brooks Houck (Source: James Thomas/WAVE 3 News)
Brooks Houck (Source: James Thomas/WAVE 3 News)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly said Friday that he believes brothers Brooks and Nick Houck are connected to the disappearance of Brooks' girlfriend Crystal Rogers, the Bardstown mother of five who's been missing since early July.

Earlier on Friday, Nick Houck was fired as an officer with the Bardstown Police Department for allegedly interfering with the Rogers case. According to a document released by the city of Bardstown on Friday, Nick Houck called his brother on July 8 to warn him that detectives were planning to interview him regarding his girlfriend's disappearance. That call came while a detective was in the middle of interviewing Brooks Houck.

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"(Nick Houck) has failed a polygraph regarding Mrs. Rogers' disappearance, he advised his brother to not speak to the police, he refused to speak to our investigator and he has been uncooperative in grand jury testimony and has selective amnesia," Mattingly said Friday. "He's not worthy of being a police officer."

Mattingly also said he would call Brooks Houck a suspect in the case, adding that he believes Nick Houck "has knowledge of what has happened."

Brooks Houck is the last person known to have seen Rogers before she disappeared. He has maintained his innocence.

Her family said they we're relieved to hear the news that there we're new developments.

"It's been a long time coming," Crystal's father, Tom Ballard, said.

Her family continues to search for her though Sheriff Ed Mattingly said she has vanished.

"I got that hope that I'll find her alive," Ballard said, "she still might be out there somewhere. But if she was, she would have called."

So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

"If anyone knows anything, any little thing might help us," said Ballard. "We won't give up til we find her.

Her family asks for hunters to keep an eye out for anything suspicious as they are out in the woods this weekend.

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