The FBI has taken over the case of missing Kentucky woman Crystal Rogers and has deployed more than 150 agents Thursday to investigate the 2015 disappearance. Federal officers began executing nine search warrants and conducting more than 50 interviews in Bardstown as part of the search.
The mother of five, who went missing from her boyfriend’s family farm, was last seen alive on July 3, 2015, FBI said in a press release. At the time of Rogers’ disappearance, her boyfriend, Brooks Houck, told police the couple had gone to bed together, but when he woke his girlfriend was gone.
“Sadly, while most families were enjoying the Fourth of July celebrations over that weekend, Crystal’s family was instead left wondering as to her whereabouts,” the FBI wrote in the statement. “While a missing person investigation has been ongoing for the last five years, Crystal’s family and the community of Bardstown, Kentucky, still seek answers.”
Rogers’ car was found abandoned on the Bluegrass Parkway with her keys, phone and purse still inside.
After a few months of Rogers’ disappearance, Houck was identified as the main suspect and his brother, Nick, was fired from the local police department after being accused of interfering with the investigation, local media reported.
Authorities have launched a website dedicated to sharing information regarding Rogers’ case: crystalrogerstaskforce.com. A $25,000 reward has also been announced for information leading to the current whereabouts of Rogers.
“A hallmark of the FBI is we never give up,” FBI Louisville Special Agent in Charge Robert Brown said in the release. “The FBI is committed to bringing those responsible to justice, but we are going to need the community’s assistance.”
Other than Brook Houck’s home, police also searched his brother Nick Houck’s home and the Houck family farm Thursday.