8 Years Of Crystal Rogers’ Disappearance: Here Are Some Untold Details

September 7, 2023   | March 22, 2024  | 

    The July of 2023 marked 8 years of Crystal Rogers’ disappearance since she lost contact with her family and is yet to be found. In the midst of that tragedy, another struck the Rogers family after a mysterious “murder” of Crystal’s father in 2016- a year after she went missing.

    Even now, efforts to find out the reason and culprit behind her disappearance are going on. Here we unveil some untold details about Crystal Rogers’ case.

    Key Takeaways

    • Crystal has been missing for more than 8 years, she was last seen on July 3, 2015.
    • The last person to see Crystal, before her disappearance, was her live-in boyfriend Brooks Houck.
    • Even though Rogers’ boyfriend Brooks became a prime suspect, he faced no charges in the case.
    • A year after Crystal went missing, her father Tommy Ballard was shot to death on his property while going hunting.
    • Both cases are yet to be solved, and her mother Sherry is fighting for justice.

    Who Is Crystal Rogers?

    Rogers is an American lady whose news of her mysterious disappearance got the attention of the media and the whole nation since she went missing in 2015. She was a mom of 5, a daughter, and a girlfriend.

    She lived in Bardstown which is a rural town in Kentucky located 40 miles from Louisville.

    Crystal Rogers' disappearance marked 8 years in July 2023
    Crystal Rogers’ last known picture.

    Born on April 4, 1980, Crystal was only 35 years old when she went missing. Her parents were Sherry Ballard and Tommy Ballard.

    Crystal Rogers Is Pronounced Missing

    The record of Rogers being seen for the last time was on the afternoon of the 3rd of July, 2015. It came from a statement from none other than her then-boyfriend Brooks Houck. The two were living together & he stated that the last time he saw her, she was playing games on her phone.

    After Crystal didn’t come in contact with her mother Sherry for a couple of days, the latter went to the police for her welfare check. On July 5, 2015, Sherry filed Rogers’ missing report.

    On that very same day, her car, a 2007 Chevrolet Impala with a flat tire was found at the 14-mile marker on the Bluegrass Parkway. The keys were still in the ignition, and most of her belongings like her keys, cell phone, and purse were still in the car.

    Rogers’ Then-Boyfriend Brooks Houck: A Prime Suspect

    Brooks was the prime suspect in the case of Crystal going missing. The two allegedly had a toxic relationship which made her family come up with suspicion.

    Crystal Rogers and Brooks Houcks, he was the last person to see her
    Crystal Rogers and Brook Houcks, they lived together

    Crystal’s sister also said Brooks has been of no help in searching for their daughter. Houck was brought in for questioning by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office on July 8.

    Brooks’ Police Officer Brother Fired For Tampering Investigation

    On August 11, 2016, law enforcement officers served a search warrant to Nick Houck, a former Bardstown police officer, in connection to Crystal Roger’s case. When Nick was served the warrant, he reportedly showed no resistance.

    After two months, on October 16, 2015, Nick was fired from the Bardstown police force due to his consistent communication with his brother, Brooks Houck, even when he was aware that he was being questioned by local officers.

    Mysterious Murder Of Crystal Rogers’ Father Tommy Ballard

    Crystal’s father, Tommy Ballard was fatally shot by an unknown assailant on November 19, 2016, while hunting with his grandson on his property next to the Bluegrass Parkway. The incident came after more than a year of his daughter’s sudden disappearance.

    He was 54 when he died from the gunshot he received in his chest. While he was still alive, Ballard did everything in his power to search for his daughter.

    Crystal Rogers' late father Tommy and her mother Shelly Ballard
    Late Tommy Ballard with his wife Shelly Ballard

    Other Unsolved Bardstown Killings- Are These Cases Related?

    Crystal and Tommy are not the only unsolved cases in the town of Bardstown. In 2013, an ambush claimed the life of Bardstown officer Jason Ellis, a case that remains unsolved. Likewise, a murder happened in 2014 where a mother and a daughter were found dead in their own home. There are investigations going on if these crimes have a common subject or motive.

    Found Remains Of A Body: Not Of Crystal

    On July 24, 2020, the federal agents were called by the Nelson County Sheriff’s office for help to retrieve what could have been a possible human remains. The remains were taken to the FBI’s lab in Quantico, VA for testing.

    Many people from the town speculated that it possibly could belong to Crystal. According to the forensic report of November 20, 2020, the remains were not of Rogers but it has still remained unidentified.

    Has the Case of Crystal Rogers Met Its End?

    Unfortunately, the case of Crystal Roger still remains unsolved. It is yet unknown if Rogers is alive or dead. However, the FBI is still working head-on and doing everything in its power to bring justice to Rogers’ family.


    What happened to Crystal Rogers?

    Rogers, a native of Bardstown, Kentucky, has been missing for 8 years since her mysterious disappearance in 2013.

    Where was she last seen?

    Rogers was last seen on July 3, 2015, afternoon at her live-in boyfriend’s house.

    Who is Rogers’ boyfriend?

    When then-35-year-old Crystal went missing, she was living with her then-boyfriend Brooks Houck, with whom she shared a son, Eli, out of her 5 children.

    Is there a movie about Crystal Rogers?

    In 2018, a documentary series ‘The Disappearance of Crystal was released which chronicled the examination & investigation of her disappearance & the mysterious murder of her father Tommy.

    Quick Facts
    Full Name Crystal Rogers
    Birth Place Bardstown
    Birthday April 4, 1980
    Age 44 years
    Zodiac Aries
    Nationality American
    Ethnicity Caucasian
    Father Tommy Ballard
    Mother Shelly Ballard
    Siblings Brooke Ballard, Casey Ballard
    Height 5 feet 9 inches
    Weight 155 lbs
    Eye Color Blue
    Hair Color Blonde
    Sexuality Straight
    Ex Boyfriends Brooks Houck