More than 150 members of state and federal law enforcement are in Bardstown, Kentucky, as they’re searching three properties related to the unsolved 2015 disappearance of Crystal Rogers.
WKYT reports that authorities are searching three properties owned by Rogers’ ex-boyfriend, Brooks Houck, in addition to properties owned by his brother, former Bardstown police officer Nick Houck, and their mother, Rosemary Houck.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, FBI spokesman Timothy Bean said they’re searching Brooks Houck’s home at 113 Glenview Drive, Nick’s Houck’s home at 730 Pulliam Avenue, and the family’s farm at 345 Paschal Ballard Lane. All three properties are located in Bardstown.
Earlier, the FBI announced it was leading the investigation into Rogers’ disappearance. The agency also launched a website to keep the public up to date on developments in Rogers’ case.
The announcement comes days after human remains were discovered near where Rogers, 35, was last seen five years earlier. Officials have not yet confirmed whether the remains belong to Rogers.
Rogers was reported missing on July 3, 2015. Two days later, her car was found abandoned with a flat tire on the Bluegrass Parkway. Her keys, phone, and purse were inside the vehicle, according to WLKY.
The news outlet reported that authorities believe Rogers’ ex-boyfriend was the last person to see her alive. A year after Rogers’ disappearance, her ex-boyfriend’s brother was fired from the Bardstown Police Department for allegedly interfering with the investigation.
In addition to executing nine federal search warrants, authorities reportedly plan to conduct more than 50 interviews in Bardstown on Thursday.
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads authorities to Rogers.
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[Featured image: Crystal Rogers/Handout]