Search underway at Bardstown farms in connection to Rogers disappearance

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WTVQ/WHAS11) – The Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney says a search is being conducted at the Houck farm, on Paschal Ballard Road in Bardstown.

The search, covering nearly 300 acres on the farm of a Houck family and an adjacent farm, is a part the investigation into the disappearance of Crystal Rogers, according to the Nelson County Sheriff.

While officials have not reveled what they are searching for or what they may have found, they say the search will continue through Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Cadaver dogs are aiding in the search, along with FBI and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, along with other law enforcement agencies.

This search comes after several Houck family members were served search warrants earlier in August concerning the disappearance of Rogers.

Rogers has been missing since July 3, 2015.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said the main suspect in her disappearance is her boyfriend Brooks Houck. He has not been charged.

Some of the family members who have been served warrants include Nick Houck, a former Bardstown Police officer and brother to Brooks Houck, and Anna Whitesides, the grandmother of Brooks and Nick Houck.

Nick Houck was fired from the Bardstown Police Department after interfering with investigation of Rogers’ disappearance. Previously, the city released a statement saying that Nick Houck interfered by calling his brother Brooks Houck with knowledge that he was being interviewed as part of the investigation on July 8, 2015. It was considered to be an act which “put the interests of his brother” ahead of the investigation.

Whitesides was recently been the subject of court hearings to decide if she should be forced to testify before a grand jury, specifically about a white Buick she previously owned. According to court documents, investigators believe the white Buick was used to dispose of a body, cleaned up and sold in an attempt to prevent evidence from being found. Whitesides has invoked her 5th Amendment Right against self-incrimination.

Information from WHAS

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