“I’ve begged for this”: Crystal Rogers mom says of FBI taking over daughter’s case

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The mother of missing Bardstown mother Crystal Rogers is speaking to reporters for the first time since the FBI took over the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance.

“This has been my dream come true for a long time,” says Sherry Ballard, Rogers’ mother.

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FBI Louisville took over the 5-year-old investigation last week. Nine search warrants were executed August 6, according to WTVQ affiliate WHAS. They spent hours searching through property owned by the Houck family.

Rogers’ boyfriend, Brooks Houck, has been the main suspect in the case since Rogers’ disappearance in July 2015.

“I’ve begged for this. I’ve done everything possible that I could to make them stand up and take attention because I think I need someone of their magnitude to break this case and give me the justice that I need,” says Ballard.

Ballard says the searches felt different this time but hasn’t gotten an update on what may have been found. She says she’s relieved the FBI is taking over the investigation because they have resources the local agencies do not have.

About three weeks ago, human remains were found near the Houck family farm.
Just like in the past when remains were found, the possibility it could be her daughter’s brings her mixed emotions.

“I prayed it was and then I felt ashamed of myself and guilty because I prayed it was. I wanted it to be to have closure,” says an emotional Ballard.

Ballard says the FBI hasn’t given her a timeline when the they will have an ID on the remains found. She says this is the longest she’s ever had to wait to find out and she’s ready to know.

“If it is my daughter, I don’t know how I’m going to take that. If it isn’t, I’m going to be back at day one and I’m going to be going through this again someday and this is not easy to go through,” Ballard said.

Now, she thinks with the FBI and all of its resources, she can find those answers she’s been desperate to get though she knows it comes at a price for her and Crystal’s five children.

“It scares me because I’ve held it together this far but I think once someone’s arrested and I see that on my own, is it really going to hit me hard? Everything that’s happened and what I’ve been through and what these kids and my whole family have been through,” says Ballard.

Even when and if her daughter’s case is solved, she’ll be left trying to answer this haunting question.

“How do you move on?” asks Ballard.

She says she couldn’t get by without the community’s support.

The FBI has set up a website to share information about the case.