LIVE IN PLAYER ABOVE: WLKY Chopper HD flies over three properties being searched (feed may drop to black from time to time)More than 150 state and federal law enforcement were deployed in Bardstown, Kentucky early Thursday morning following an announcement that the FBI is taking over a high-profile disappearance.FBI Louisville said it is now the lead investigative agency on the Crystal Rogers case.Rogers, 35, was reported missing by her mother five years ago; she hasn’t been heard from since July 3, 2015. Two days later, her car was found abandoned with a flat tire on the Bluegrass Parkway with her keys, phone and purse still inside.Since the mother of five disappeared, the only suspect ever named has been her ex-boyfriend Brooks Houck, with whom she shares a child. He has never been charged.Now, federal agents are stepping in to help get answers and are starting by searching Brooks’ home and other properties.“I have committed publicly and privately that delivering long-sought justice in Nelson County is the highest priority case of the United States Attorney’s Office,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman in a news release. “Today’s efforts by our stalwart FBI, Internal Revenue Service and Kentucky State Police partners is a major step in honoring that promise.”Law enforcement officers began executing nine federal search warrants early Thursday and will be conducting more than 50 interviews in Bardstown.”By utilizing federal resources and expertise and by bringing a fresh perspective to the case, those responsible for Crystal’s disappearance will be brought to justice,” the FBI said.So far, we know of three places where officers are searching Thursday: Brook Houck’s home, his brother Nick Houck’s home and the Houck family farm — all of which have been searched before.The FBI has also launched a new website to help share information about Rogers’ case: www.crystalrogerstaskforce.comThere is currently a $25,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts, the FBI said. Since Rogers disappeared, her mother, Sherry Ballard, hasn’t given up hope. Follow @WLKYLaurenAdams for more updatesMore background on the investigationAuthorities believe Houck, her ex, was the last person to see her alive. Within the first year of Rogers’ disappearance, Brooks’ brother, Nick Houck, was fired from the Bardstown Police Department for interfering with the investigation.Officials said Thursday they are conducting searches at both of their homes.Early on, friend and employee of Brooks Houck, Danny Singleton, faced 38 counts of perjury for lying to detectives during the investigation, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges of false swearing. At one point, investigators zeroed in on Houck’s grandmother, Anna Whitesides. The state believed her car may have been used to dispose of Rogers’ body. Whitesides, who had previously talked to investigators, later invoked her Fifth Amendment right, refusing to testify when called to court. Both her car and home were analyzed.Just about a year ago, a new detective took over the case when Det. Jon Snow left the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department. Chief Deputy Joedy Gilliland then became the lead until the feds stepped in.

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More than 150 state and federal law enforcement were deployed in Bardstown, Kentucky early Thursday morning following an announcement that the FBI is taking over a high-profile disappearance.

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FBI Louisville said it is now the lead investigative agency on the Crystal Rogers case.

Rogers, 35, was reported missing by her mother five years ago; she hasn’t been heard from since July 3, 2015. Two days later, her car was found abandoned with a flat tire on the Bluegrass Parkway with her keys, phone and purse still inside.

Since the mother of five disappeared, the only suspect ever named has been her ex-boyfriend Brooks Houck, with whom she shares a child. He has never been charged.

Now, federal agents are stepping in to help get answers and are starting by searching Brooks’ home and other properties.

“I have committed publicly and privately that delivering long-sought justice in Nelson County is the highest priority case of the United States Attorney’s Office,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman in a news release. “Today’s efforts by our stalwart FBI, Internal Revenue Service and Kentucky State Police partners is a major step in honoring that promise.”

Law enforcement officers began executing nine federal search warrants early Thursday and will be conducting more than 50 interviews in Bardstown.

“By utilizing federal resources and expertise and by bringing a fresh perspective to the case, those responsible for Crystal’s disappearance will be brought to justice,” the FBI said.

So far, we know of three places where officers are searching Thursday: Brook Houck’s home, his brother Nick Houck’s home and the Houck family farm — all of which have been searched before.

Investigation at Brooks Houcks' home on Aug. 6.

Ashley Mudd, neighbor

Investigation at Brooks Houcks’ home on Aug. 6.

The FBI has also launched a new website to help share information about Rogers’ case: www.crystalrogerstaskforce.com

There is currently a $25,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts, the FBI said.

Since Rogers disappeared, her mother, Sherry Ballard, hasn’t given up hope.

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More background on the investigation

Authorities believe Houck, her ex, was the last person to see her alive. Within the first year of Rogers’ disappearance, Brooks’ brother, Nick Houck, was fired from the Bardstown Police Department for interfering with the investigation.

Officials said Thursday they are conducting searches at both of their homes.

Early on, friend and employee of Brooks Houck, Danny Singleton, faced 38 counts of perjury for lying to detectives during the investigation, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges of false swearing.

At one point, investigators zeroed in on Houck’s grandmother, Anna Whitesides.

The state believed her car may have been used to dispose of Rogers’ body. Whitesides, who had previously talked to investigators, later invoked her Fifth Amendment right, refusing to testify when called to court. Both her car and home were analyzed.

Just about a year ago, a new detective took over the case when Det. Jon Snow left the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department. Chief Deputy Joedy Gilliland then became the lead until the feds stepped in.

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