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Man arrested in case of missing Kentucky mom, but mystery remains over her fate

A man was charged in the suspicious 2015 disappearance and presumed death of Crystal Rogers, a Kentucky mom of five who has never been found.

A grand jury indicted Joseph Lawson, 32, on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and complicity in tampering with physical evidence, according to unsealed court filings in Nelson County, Kentucky.

The indictment, which does not mention Lawson by name, said the crimes took place on July 3 or 4, 2015, when Lawson allegedly “agreed to aid one or more persons in the planning or commission of the crime or an attempt or solicitation to commit the crime when he, and/or, a co-conspirator intentionally caused the death of another,” WDRB.com reported.

Lawson’s lawyer, Kevin Coleman, confirmed with multiple news outlets that his client was charged but did not divulge any other details. Fox News Digital has reached out to Coleman for comment.

Rogers’ missing persons case was taken over by the FBI in 2020, when more than 150 law enforcement officers conducted interviews and executed several federal search warrants in a quest for answers. 

The FBI is also investigating the 2016 fatal shooting of her father, Tommy Ballard, who was found dead while hunting on his own property.

Chris Eberhart is a crime and US news reporter for Fox News Digital. Email tips to chris.eberhart@fox.com or on Twitter @ChrisEberhart48.

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