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Fired Bardstown police officer served warrant in missing woman case

Former Bardstown police officer Nick Houck was served a search warrant Thursday afternoon in connection with the case of a missing local woman, Crystal Rogers.

Nelson County Deputy Sheriff Jon Snow said the warrant was served at 730 Pulliam Avenue, the home of Houck’s grandmother, Anna Whitesides.

Houck’s pickup truck was there, but the deputy said he “would not assume it was the pickup truck” that was to be searched.

Snow wouldn’t say what officers were looking for or what, if anything, they found.

Witnesses said Rose Mary Houck, the former officer’s mother, was at the house.

Snow said Nick Houck offered no resistance when the warrant was served.

Houck is the brother of Brooks Houck, Rogers’ boyfriend, who has been named a suspect in her disappearance. He is thought to be the last person to have seen her on July 3, 2015.

Nick Houck was fired from the Bardstown Police Department for interfering with the investigation by calling his brother when he knew Brooks Houck was being questioned by Snow in the missing-person case.

At 3:28 p.m. Thursday, moments after The Kentucky Standard talked with Snow, Sheriff Ed Mattingly sent out an email saying his office had received several calls about the warrant and would not be giving any more interviews.

Mattingly released a brief statement:

“On Aug. 11, 2016, Deputy Jonathan Snow served a search warrant on Nicholas Houck as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Crystal Rogers. Deputy Snow continues to investigate the case as he has since she went missing in July 2015.”

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