LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four months after remains were found in Bardstown, FBI Louisville is reporting they do not belong to missing mother Crystal Rogers.  

What You Need To Know

  • FBI unable to identify human remains

  • They do not belong to Crystal Rogers

  • Nelson County Sheriff will take over investigation involving the remains

  • FBI remains in charge of Rogers' case


Remains were found on July 24 near the borders of Washington and Nelson Counties. The FBI sent them to Quantico, Virginia where the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) was used to identify the remains. Unfortunately, a match was not found. 

Crystal Rogers, a mother of five, went missing from Bardstown in July of 2015. In August, FBI Louisville announced it was taking over the case. 

The FBI identified a new area of interest and asked community members if they remember seeing anything unusual. The FBI also searched the home of Brooks Hauck, considered the main suspect in Rogers' disappearance. At Houck's house, agents confiscated a computer, five or six rifles, and numerous boxes.

The Crystal Rogers Task Force set up a website to solicit information and to provide updates on the case, but there hasn't been an entry since Aug. 14. 

In a statement, FBI Louisville wrote, "The FBI and our law enforcement partners understand that many in the community were hopeful that these remains would bring answers to the Crystal Rogers case. This latest development most certainly does not affect the unwavering resolve of the FBI personnel assigned to investigate the disappearance of Crystal Rogers. Bringing justice to the community of Bardstown remains a top priority of FBI Louisville."

The case involving the unidentified remains is being turned over to the Nelson County Sheriff's Office and the FBI will assist if needed.

Deborah Harbsmeier is the Executive Producer of Digital with Spectrum. She is an award-winning producer with 30 years of television experience. 

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