Houck lie detector test ‘inconclusive’

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By Randy Patrick

The boyfriend of a missing Bardstown woman whose car was found Sunday on the Bluegrass Parkway took a lie detector test Tuesday, but the results were inconclusive, Detective Jon Snow of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Brooks Houck, 33, was the last person to see Crystal Rogers, 35, last Friday, according to investigators.

Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly, who has described Houck as “completely cooperative.”

Houck and Rogers were living together, according to Rogers’ family, and have a 2 ½-year-old child together. Rogers also has four other children, including two by her estranged husband, Keith Rogers, according to Mattingly.

“I haven’t named anybody as a suspect,” Mattingly repeated.

Rogers’ mother, Sherry Ballard, said Monday Houck has the child in his custody.

Rogers’ maroon 2007 Chevrolet Impala was discovered Sunday afternoon by a relative near the 14 mile marker on the westbound side of the Bluegrass Parkway. It had a flat tire and was unlocked, and her purse, mobile phone and keys were inside. There was no sign of a struggle having occurred in or around the car, the sheriff said Monday.

On Wednesday, Mattingly said Kentucky State Police and Bardstown Police officers have finished “processing” the vehicle, but that lab work was still being done.

The sheriff would not comment on what her cell phone records revealed, saying he couldn’t discuss details of the investigation.

The agencies involved are the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the Bardstown Police Department and KSP, Mattingly said.

More volunteers, however, have since gotten involved in the search.

Officers this week were using bloodhounds to scour the land around where the car was found Sunday and also using a helicopter in the search.

When asked whether he could confirm that a psychic had offered to help with the case, Mattingly replied: “Oh, my goodness! You wouldn’t believe the calls we’ve had.”

“This is our third case that has been a media fiasco,” and some of the calls and reports police are getting are wasting “valuable time,” he said.

Police are asking anyone with information that may be helpful in the case to call the Sheriff’s Office at (502) 348-1870.