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Bardstown families of missing, murdered people heading to Frankfort

Bardstown families will be going to Frankfort Wednesday to ask lawmakers for help solving their loved ones cases.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Bardstown families, wanting answers in the cases of their missing or murdered loved ones, are taking their search to Kentucky's capitol Wednesday.

Sherry Ballard is leading the charge on the trip that will happen Wednesday afternoon. Ballard’s daughter Crystal Rogers has been missing since 2015, and husband, Tommy Ballard, was shot and killed in November of 2016.

"It may not bring my daughter back, it may not find my husband's killer, but its putting me in the right direction,” Ballard said.

Sherry Ballard's search for clues in her family's cases has taken her to places she never planned- through rivers and fields and now onto Frankfort.

In the capitol building, she and 50 others will be confronting lawmakers and asking for awareness and additional resources to solve the cases of her family members as well other unsolved cases out Nelson County.

She said, "look at Bardstown – I mean we've had so many murders, in the last several years and they're still looking for the killers. Like Jason Ellis, they haven't found his murderer yet, the Netherlands, they haven't found who murdered that family, they haven't found who murdered my husband yet, my daughter is still missing so I just think it is important to keep that awareness out there."

Sherry said she wants to see a cold case task force in Nelson County. Although she still hates to admit her family's cases have gone cold.

"I told KSP my mission this year is to find who did this to my husband, and maybe find some kind of closure for my daughter. That's going to be my whole mission. That's going to be my whole mission- to go out there and push that. And I think going to Frankfort is a step in the right direction,” Ballard said.

It’s a step in the right direction and the step that could bring Sherry Ballard closer to the closure she's still searching for.

The caravan heading to Frankfort is meeting in Bardstown at 119 Wildcat Lane Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. and has invited anyone to go along with them.

The presentation at the capital starts at 2 p.m.

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