Suspect In Crystal Rogers Case May Be Connected To The Murder Of Her Father

After over 8 years, Brooks Houck has been arrested and charged in the murder of his former girlfriend, Crystal Rogers.

October 13, 2023
Crystal Rogers, pictured here, a Kentucky mother of five who is now presumed dead, was last seen on July 3, 2015.

After over 8 years, Brooks Houck has been arrested and charged in the murder of his former girlfriend, Crystal Rogers. He may also be connected to the murder of Rogers' father.

Photo by: FBI


Crystal Rogers, a Kentucky mother of five who is now presumed dead, was last seen on July 3, 2015. Her boyfriend, Brooks Houck, has been charged in connection with her disappearance, and authorities believe he may also be connected to her father’s 2016 murder.

Brooks Houck is now in jail on charges relating to the disappearance of Crystal Rogers. During his arraignment in Bardstown, Kentucky, on Oct. 5, 2023, the special prosecutor Shane Young revealed that Brooks’ brother, Nick Houck, is a suspect in the murder of Crystal’s father, Tommy Ballard, reported WDRB.

Ballard was fatally shot in the chest on Nov. 19, 2016. He was killed while preparing to go hunting with his young grandson at the family’s property in Nelson County. His death was initially ruled a hunting accident, but the FBI has now ruled it a homicide.

Young revealed that a rifle was purchased from Nick Houck, Brooks’ brother, using a false name, and that gun is suspected of being the one used to murder Ballard.

"We are investigating the murder of Tommy Ballard that could potentially be related. We are waiting for testing to come back on the gun that we believe was used to murder Tommy Ballard," Young explained, according to WDRB.

Young also explained that Nick Houck and other family members secretly recorded their testimonies during grand jury proceedings. Young said he hasn’t known anyone to do that previously. He then said how everyone in the courtroom knew they needed to record their testimonies to make sure their stories were all consistent.

Brooks Houck pleaded not guilty, but he is being held on a $10 million bond at the Nelson County Jail. According to PEOPLE, he is being charged with the murder of Rogers and tampering with physical evidence.

Although Crystal Rogers, who shares one of her children with Brooks Houck, has not been seen or heard from since July 3, 2015, her family remains hopeful that she will be found. Her mother reported her missing two days after she was last seen alive, and her vehicle – a Chevrolet Impala – was later found in Bardstown. It had her phone, purse, and keys inside, reported CNN.

After Brooks Houck’s arraignment, the Rogers family shared a statement. CBS News shared that it said, in part, "Brooks Houck was named the number one suspect in Crystal's case in 2015. ... At this time, we ask for privacy as this is another step forward for justice for Crystal. Continue to pray that justice is served, and we bring Crystal home."

Next Up

Missing Ohio Woman Found Buried In Backyard, Boyfriend Turns Himself In

23-year-old Adrianna Taylor was reported missing on Nov. 13, 2022. Her body was found 11 days later on Thanksgiving night.

Texas Father, Son Arrested In Connection With Pregnant Teen, Boyfriend Found Shot

Police say surveillance video and phone data aided detectives in making sense of a “very, very perplexing” crime scene.

True Crime News Roundup: Cops Help Victim Of Overdose, Arrest Him After Learning He Allegedly Killed His Ex

Plus: California man accused of attacking women with pepper-spray; 12-year-old girl dies after making murder pact with friend; three family members arrested in connection with L.A. rapper’s death; and search continues for missing Texas teacher.

New Hampshire Man Convicted Of Fatally Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend At Her Book Club Meeting

31-year-old Amanda Dabrowski broke up with her co-worker after dating him for three months, and he started stalking her. After one attempt at murdering her, he stabbed her to death inside a restaurant in July 2019.

Two Women Found Dead In Separate Storage Units Connected To Same Suspect, Police Say

A 40-year-old man has been linked to two missing women whose bodies were found in separate storage units in Minnesota, and he is charged with murder in one of their deaths.

‘In Pursuit With John Walsh’ Fugitive Matthew Edgar Arrested In Texas

On Dec. 29, 2022, the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office in Texas confirmed the U.S. Marshals arrested Matthew Edgar. The convicted killer was on the run for 11 months before his capture.

True Crime News Roundup: Texas Man Accused of Kidnapping and Torturing Woman He Met On Dating App

Plus: Utah family of 8 found fatally shot in murder-suicide; Probable cause affidavit released for University of Idaho murder case.

Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend Arrested After He’s Struck While Chasing Her Dog On Expressway

Those who knew victim Marivel Estevez describe her as a “warm presence” with “a smile that would light up any room.”

Oklahoma City Attorney And Her Client-Turned-Lover Face Death Penalty For Triple Murder

Keegan Harroz and her client-turned-lover Barry Titus II have been charged with triple murder for the deaths of the Titus’s ex-girlfriend along with the ex’s parents.

A Dying Man Allegedly Confessed To The Murder Of Missing Teen Denise Pflum

High school senior Denise Pflum disappeared on March 28, 1986. Over three decades later, a man admitted to murdering the teen.