Human remains found over the summer were not those of missing Bardstown woman Crystal Rogers, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday afternoon.
“Just like our community we were hopeful it would assist in answers and closure in Crystal Rogers’ case,” the agency said in a statement. “The remains were processed through CODIS, which stands for the Combined DNA Index System. The case remains open as the human remains are unidentified at (this) time.”
The remains were discovered July 24 near the Nelson-Washington county boundary after a creek bank had eroded and exposed them.
An FBI evidence recovery team assisted the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office in processing the scene. The FBI took over as the lead agency for the Rogers investigation Aug. 6, when scores of federal agents raided the homes of the only named suspect, Brooks Houck, and his family.
A 35-year-old mother of five, Rogers’ disappearance in July 2015 has garnered national attention.
“The results on the human remains does not change their investigation or drive to bring closure and justice for the Ballard family and the citizens of Nelson County,” the sheriff’s office said Friday. “We will continue to work with the FBI and assist with anything that is needed.”
Now that the remains have been confirmed not to belong to Rogers that aspect of the investigation reverts to the sheriff’s office. Capt. Brandon Bryan is the lead investigator on the case.
On Friday, Bryan said he was not aware of any current open missing persons’ cases the sheriff’s office was investigating.
The discovery of the remains and the FBI’s takeover of the case just days later had caused many to speculate the two were connected.