An “item of interest” has been discovered in the search for a missing Kentucky mother last seen six years ago, FBI officials said.
The FBI in Louisville said Friday that investigators scouring for clues about the disappearance of Crystal Marie Rogers, 35, recovered the unspecified item at the Woodlawn Springs subdivision in Bardstown, where the mother of five was reported missing in July 2015.
“This item is being further evaluated and we will release additional information as it becomes available,” the agency tweeted. “We know there are individuals in the community who have information on Crystal’s disappearance. Now is the time to come forward.”
Days earlier, FBI Louisville announced that investigators were led to the subdivision based off information gathered in the past year.
“While we do not have a timeline in regards to when the search will conclude, we will continue our efforts for as long as it takes,” FBI Louisville tweeted Thursday. “We appreciate the community’s support, particularly the residents of the Woodlawn Springs subdivision.”
Investigators received a “flood of tips” after announcing several searches at the subdivision last week.
“We know that there are individuals out there who have specific information about Crystal’s disappearance and want to do the right thing,” FBI Louisville tweeted Saturday. “We remain dedicated to bringing justice.”
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the missing mom’s case.
State and local investigators have executed search warrants at homes belonging to Rogers’ then-boyfriend, Brooks Houck — an initial suspect who has denied involvement in her disappearance, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
Houck is also the father of one of Rogers’ sons and owns properties in the subdivision, the newspaper reported last week.
“It’s been a very hard week,” Rogers’ mother, Sherry Ballard, told the paper Thursday. “And I do have a lot of hope that this is where the investigation needs to be at and that they may be able to provide me answers this time.”
Three properties owned by Houck, believed to be the last person to see Rogers alive, were searched last week, WDRB reported.
“You hope it gets solved,” Bardstown resident Paul Monin told the station of the six-year missing-person probe. “I think the whole town wants it.”
No arrests have been announced in the case as of midday Monday. A message seeking comment from an FBI spokesperson in Louisville was not immediately returned.
Rogers, who was reported missing by her mother on July 5, 2015, was last seen two days earlier.
Her red Chevrolet Impala was found abandoned on July 5 with a flat tire along the Bluegrass Parkway — with her keys, phone and purse still inside, FBI officials have said.