Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin released an open letter Friday afternoon addressing several recent rumors circulating through the community and said they do nothing but harm an active investigation.
also vowed that if any rumors are true that concern his
will address them immediately.
While the letter was issued in response to an article in Friday's Kentucky Standard and issues surrounding the missing persons case of Crystal Rogers, McCubbin
said rumors have hampered other investigations, as well.
"While some of the things that you may be hearing are true, many are not, yet these things continue to fester, making our job to separate fact from fiction even more difficult," McCubbin
mentioned recent reports about the possible involvement of one of his officers, Bardstown
Police Patrolman Nick Houck, in the disappearance of Rogers, who was dating his brother, Brooks Houck.
said rumors have included Houck being suspended, fired and even arrested.
"This is not true," McCubbin
said if one of his
officers becomes a target of any investigation, that officer would not receive any special treatment.
"I can assure you that if any member of this department is mentioned from your tips, the NCSO
will treat that as it would regarding any member of our community and that the NCSO
will address this when the time is right, not the BPD
"Frankly, either the BPD
or the NCSO
would investigate a tip involving an officer more rigorously because we hold our officers to a higher standard than any regular citizen of the community."
said in an interview with the Standard and in his
letter that too often some people jump to conclusions because police don't release many details during an open investigation.
"It is no secret that many in the community have focused on Crystal Rogers' partner/boyfriend in their discussions of the missing person case," McCubbin
stated in his letter.
also took issue with some taunts by people about the three unsolved murders, and pointed out that the BPD
is not the investigating agency in the Jason Ellis and Netherland murders, nor is it leading the search for Rogers.
"For those who have asked me, 'Why do you have so many unsolved crimes in Bardstown?' my reply is, 'We do not.' The City of Bardstown/BPD has only one unsolved crime: a bank robbery from December 2014," McCubbin
said the nature of small towns such as Bardstown
can be helpful or destructive, and urged the community to focus on Rogers' family.
Open letter from Chief Rick McCubbin
Bardstown Police Department