Police end massive property search for Crystal Rogers
NELSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Police have ended a massive search for a missing mother of five.
The lead detective in the search for Crystal Rogers said he feels confident that Rogers' case will go to trial.
For two days, federal, state and local investigators searched on a farm off of State Road 46, in Nelson County. The 300 plus acre farm is owned by family members of Rogers boyfriend, Brooks Houck.
Rogers was last seen alive at the farm, in July of 2015, where police believe some kind of crime occurred. Houck was named a suspect in the case last year, but hasn't been charged with any crime.
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Investigators will only say they have found some items of interest. However, they didn't remove any items off of the farm on Wednesday.
By 6 p.m. Wednesday, at least 20 cadaver dogs and 30 searchers wrapped up what Nelson County Sheriff's Office Detective Jonathan Snow said was the hardest part of the search.
"There's about a 100-foot elevation difference between the top of the farm and the bottom of the farm and it's very undeveloped, it's been logged a couple times and a lot of undergrowth," Snow said. "It was pretty muddy back there, especially after the rain, it was pretty dense and a lot of down trees."
A majority of the farmland belongs to Brooks Houck's mother.
"There are suspicious areas all over the farm, it is a big farm," Snow said. "There are lots of holes, old cisterns, old wells and caves. We feel pretty confident that we've searched everywhere and we're good with what we've found this week."
Snow said he feels like the department's search has always been going in the right direction. Rogers' parents are confident in their efforts.
"I feel like they did a good job," Rogers' father, Tommy Ballard, said. "They had a whole lot of dogs and a whole lot of man power."
The Ballards remain hopeful and thank the community for not giving up either.
"They're going through something that we're going through too," Rogers' mother, Sherry Ballard, said. "Maybe not like we are, but they feel a little bit of the pain that we're feeling."
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The farm equipment seized from the property, along with other items of interest found, will be kept in the department's property room until the state crime lab is ready to receive it.
This is the third time there has been a court order to search the property.
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