BARDSTOWN, Ky. — Possible human remains discovered near the Nelson and Washington County line last week are now being tested by the FBI in Quantico, Va. According to a Facebook post by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the agency became aware of the possible human remains last Thursday, July 23. 

What You Need To Know

  • Possible human remains found in Bardstown, now being tested by FBI

  • Family of missing Crystal Rogers was notified about the discovery

  • 35-year-old Rogers has been missing for over five years

On Friday, July 24, the FBI Evidence Response Team went out to recover the remains because of the hard-to-reach location.

“Out of respect for family members of multiple missing persons in these areas, we will not be commenting on this until we have more information from the lab,” said the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office statement on Facebook.

The family of Crystal Rogers, a 35-year-old mother missing since July 3, 2015, was notified about the unidentified remains.

A family member of Rogers told Spectrum News 1 that according to the investigation, there's no idea whether the possible human remains are male or female.

A billboard of the missing mother of five still stands on the same road to turn into the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the agency investigating Rogers’ cold case. 

Assistant Chief Kevin Grayson with the Nelson County Fire Department was part of the team that searched for Rogers after her disappearance.

“There was not really anything, that any group that I was with that we found that would be good…or good for the case or whatever, but we didn’t find anything other than normal stuff that should be there,” said Grayson.

As one drives around Bardstown, signs are posted from downtown business windows to front lawns, showing the town of over 13,000 still hopes Rogers will be found.

Grayson said if the remains do end up being those of a person, he hopes it provides closure for someone.

“I think it could inspire some hope for the next step, whatever that may be. You know I’m not in law enforcement. We’re just firefighters here, but I think, you know, it could bring some sort of hope or some sort of closure or justices in the future, you know, just by having something to bury and, you know, something to say goodbye to or whatever… if it is…,” said Grayson.

However, right now, the only thing known is that the remains found may be human.

Spectrum News 1 Kentucky reached out to the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office for comment, but they are not speaking until there is more information from the lab. The FBI is also not commenting at this time.