Crystal Maria Rogers

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Above Images: Rogers, circa 2015

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 3, 2015 from Bardstown, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9 - 5'10, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Rogers may use the last name Ballard. She has the following tattoos: a footprint on her back, stars on the top of her foot, and the cartoon character Tigger on her ankle.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A Pandora bracelet.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Rogers was last seen in Bardstown, Kentucky on July 3, 2015. She has never been heard from again. Her maroon four-door 2007 Chevrolet Impala was abandoned on July 5, near mile marker 14 on the Bluegrass Parkway in Hardin County, near Elizabethtown, Kentucky. It had a flat tire and the doors were unlocked. Rogers's keys, cellular phone, purse and other personal belongings were still inside it, and the phone's battery was dead. Rogers's loved ones said she rarely traveled to that area.

    Rogers's live-in boyfriend, Brooks Houck, was the last person to see her. He stated he went to bed at 11:00 p.m. the night before, and Rogers was still awake at the time and using her phone. When when he woke up, she was gone. He said he wasn't initially concerned because they had a "stressed relationship" and Rogers would sometimes leave home and go stay with her cousin. He tried to call her on July 4, but wasn't bale to reach her.

    Nick Houck, Brooks's brother, was a police officer with the Bardstown Police Department at the time Rogers disappeared, but in October he was fired. Authorities stated he interfered with the investigation, and they think he knows what happned to Rogers. Nick failed a polygraph test about Rogers's disappearance, he advised Brooks not to talk to the police, and he refused to cooperate in the investigation. Photos of Brooks and Nick are posted below this case summary.

    In December 2015, five months after Rogers disappeared, Danny L. Singleton was indicted for 38 counts of perjury, for allegedly giving false testimony before a grand jury investigating Rogers's disappearance. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. He was a longtime friend and employee of Brooks, and he knew Rogers and sometimes she would give him a ride home from work in her car. In January 2016, two other men, Vincent Dakota Nethery and Donald Lee Howard Jr., were charged with false reporting. They admitted they had lied to the police when they made statements claiming Singleton had murdered Rogers. Photos of Nethery and Howard are posted below this case summary.

    Authorities believe Rogers was murdered. Brooks is considered the prime suspect in her disappearance, but they think Nick may have helped cover up the crime. When investigators searched Nick's police cruiser, they found blood traces on a blanket and in the trunk.

    Although foul play is strongly suspected in Rogers's case, no one has been charged and both the Houck brothers maintain their innocence. Rogers left behind five children. Her case remains unsolved.

    Brooks Houck Nick Houck
    Danny Singleton Vincent Nethery Donald Howard
    Top Left: Brooks Houck;
    Top Right: Nick Houck;
    Top Left: Danny Singleton;
    Bottom Center: Vincent Nethery;
    Bottom Right: Donald Howard

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Nelson County Sheriff's Office
    502-348-1840

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Facebook Page for Crystal Rogers
    LEX 18
    WDRB
    NBC News
    WSMV
    WAVE 3 News
    The Kentucky Standard
    KMOV

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 12, 2016; casefile added.

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