Police interviews with boyfriend of missing mother, his brother released

Published: Oct. 20, 2015 at 9:39 PM EDT|Updated: Dec. 4, 2015 at 11:39 PM EST
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Crystal Rogers, 35, was last seen in early July.
Crystal Rogers, 35, was last seen in early July.
A week later Nick Houck agreed to talk. (Source: Nelson County Sheriff's Office)
A week later Nick Houck agreed to talk. (Source: Nelson County Sheriff's Office)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - The boyfriend of a missing mother is a suspect in her disappearance and his ex-cop brother is likely involved, according to the Nelson County Sheriff.  

Crystal Rogers, 35, was last seen in early July. Now, for the first time we are hearing from both brothers as they are questioned by detectives. 

Rogers' parents have said from day one they've had no doubt who was involved in their daughter's disappearance.

"Every day you wake up and you think where is she, you know where is she out there," Rogers' mother Sherry Ballard said. "She has to be somewhere."

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

Just a couple days after Rogers was reported missing by her family, her long time, live in boyfriend, Brooks Houck, was interviewed by a Nelson County Sheriff's detective.

Brooks explained that he wasn't alarmed when he woke up and Crystal wasn't there, saying he believed she left after midnight to meet up with friends.

"It's not uncommon for them, when they go out and party they stay out the better part of the night, if not the whole night," Brooks said during the interview. 

Brooks said he did try to call Crystal the next day and stressed to the detective that he is innocent. He said his main concern is the couple's two year old child, Eli.

"Now Eli is in an atmosphere - I've got all the hope in the world - but now I'm a single parent it appears to me," Brooks said.

During the interview, he takes a call from his brother Nick Houck, a Bardstown Police Officer at the time.

"I know that, but the way I look at is, I'm innocent," Brooks said. "I haven't done nothing wrong. I know you have told me innocent people go to jail, so if you are telling me to leave, I'll get up and leave."

A week later Nick Houck agreed to talk. 

"We've got some issues," the Kentucky State Police detective told him. 
KSP detectives tell Nick that his cruiser was tested and bodily fluids were found on a blanket.

"We can't change what happened in that trunk," the detective said. "We can't change what the tests show that there are bodily fluids in that trunk area. What we need to do is find out why that's the case."

On Oct. 16, Nick was fired from the Bardstown police force for interfering with the case. He also failed a polygraph.

"Did your brother ever call you and say that he's done something to Crystal," the detective asked.

"No he did not," Nick said.

"I just have to keep the faith that one day I am going to know," Ballard said. 

At this time the Houck brothers do not face charges of any kind. 

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