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Dig site confirmed as possible location of Crystal Rogers’ body

Investigators may have finally located the body of Crystal Rogers, a Kentucky mother of five who disappeared nine years ago.

According to newly unsealed court documents, suspect Steven Lawson told police in November that he saw Rogers’ son, Joey Lawson, and another man digging at a site near Cox Creek in Nelson County shortly after Rogers disappeared on July 3, 2015.

Crystal Rogers, 35, disappeared in July 2015. Family provided

Stephen told police that Joey and another man, Jeremy Thompson, who was arrested and charged in September 2023 with involvement in Rogers’ murder, had been “burning a lot of wood in a hole” they had dug with an excavator.

Stephen claims he was instructed to excavate at the site by Jeremy’s father, David Thompson.

A WAVE News crew witnessed authorities excavating at the Cox Creek site in December, and prosecutors confirmed they were doing so as part of a “murder investigation.” The media reported:.

Investigators were seen excavating at the site near Cox Creek in December last year. wave

Authorities have not confirmed whether any evidence was found at the scene.

Crystal Rogers, 35, was last seen alive during a visit to her boyfriend, Brooks Hawk,’s family farm over Independence Day weekend in 2015.

On July 5, Rogers’ Chevrolet Impala was found abandoned with a flat tire along Bluegrass Parkway, with her car keys, cell phone and wallet still inside.

Four months after Rogers disappeared, the local sheriff said he believed the Bardstown woman to be dead, but her body was never found.

Newly released documents link the Cox Creek site to the Rogers murders. wave

A little over a year later, in November 2016, Rogers’ father, Tommy Ballard, was shot and killed on his property as he was preparing to go hunting. His murder remains unsolved.

Brooks Hack, the father of Rogers’ youngest child, has long been considered the prime suspect in Rogers’ murder.

Weeks after Joey Lawson pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to murder and tampering with physical evidence, he was finally arrested and charged in late September of last year.

Brooks Hack was arrested last year for his alleged involvement in the murder of Crystal Rogers. Hardin County Jail

Rogers was not named in the indictment against Lawson, but Lawson’s lawyer confirmed to local news station WDRB that the charges are related to her disappearance.

Steven Lawson was arrested in December on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with physical evidence. WDRB reports.

Lawson appeared in court Thursday and asked for the charges against him to be dismissed, on the grounds that he was verbally promised immunity in exchange for providing information. Spectrum News.

Joey Lawrence was arrested in September 2023. Grayson County Jail

According to Steven Lawson, David Thompson, who allegedly instructed Joey Thompson and Jeremy Thompson to dig at the suspected dump site, died in 2022, WAVE News reported.