A man who had spent more than a year searching for his missing daughter was shot to death in a Nelson County field last month and his family is still waiting for answers, according to media reports.
Tommy Ballard, 54, of Bardstown was shot in the chest on Nov. 19 while hunting with his grandson on a farm off Ed Brent Lane near the Bluegrass Parkway, according to Kentucky State Police. His grandson is not thought to have been involved or at fault in the shooting.
Ballard’s wife, Sherry Ballard, told WHAS and WDRB this week that she is convinced her husband’s death was no accident. WDRB also reported that Tommy Ballard told his wife he was being followed prior to his death.
Tommy Ballard had searched tirelessly since his daughter, Crystal Rogers, disappeared in July 2015. Sherry Ballard said she thinks her husband had gotten close to finding Rogers, and that’s why he was shot, WHAS reported.
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State police said after the shooting that they are looking for witnesses who might have been traveling on the Bluegrass Parkway on the morning of Nov. 19 between Bardstown exits 21 and 25.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Kentucky State Police Post 4 at 270-766-5078.