Brooks Houck's brother is on the Bardstown Police Department and Chief Rick McCubbin has announced his suspension.
The family of Crystal has been suspicious of Houck, and concern has been raised that he may have had some assistance, or guidance, from his law enforcement brother.
Early on, police indicated an issue as Nick Houck's vehicle was "in for repairs" but not released, fueling speculation of evidence collection.
For specific deception in this case see the analysis: ANALYSIS of BROOKS HOUCK
Lack of comment on his suspension "until further notice" signals a connection to the case.
Brooks Houck method of deception is to suppress information which has an element of emotion in it enough to provoke interviewers to discern "leakage" which may be valuable.
"Leakage" is simply the inadvertent release of information via the free editing process.
When a subject is asked (sometimes, repeatedly), "what happened?", if the subject possesses guilty knowledge, he will be thinking of what happened while carefully editing out damning information. The words he chooses, however, will be closely associated to the guilty knowledge, within the brain, which reduces the internal stress of deception. This is because there is a source of information to refer to, unlike fabrication of reality, which has no experiential memory (including emotion), and often lacks sensory description.
In the words chosen to avoid revealing what happened, the subject often signals critical information, including location.
A good example of this is in the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds, toddler from Waterville, Maine.
When Ayla's mother could not get information from Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, she told media that he was not "cooperating with police."
This angered DiPietro who said, "Contrary to rumors floating around out there, I have been cooperating with..."
He employed the language, "floating around out there", which, when weighed against his personal or professional interest in truck driving, was seen, not as an expression common to someone who's "wheels are firmly on the ground", instead, signaling that Ayla's remains were likely dumped in water.
As he thought to defend himself from the mother's charge of lack of cooperation in Ayla's case, he was likely thinking of Ayla, perhaps weighted down, fearful of her "floating" up and being discovered.
This is a simple example. Much more complicated analysis is necessary from the transcripts of a full interview where Brooks Houck may have, inadvertently, signaled where Crystal's remains may be located.
Here is the article from WHAS11.com
Bardstown police officer suspended
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In this brief statement released Thursday Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said officer Nick Houck has been suspended until further notice.
McCubbin did not give a reason or any further details. WHAS11 learned Houck is suspended with pay.
Officer Houck is the brother of Brooks Houck, the boyfriend of missing Bardstown mother of five, Crystal Rogers.
Bardstown police would not comment on if it has anything to do with the investigation into Crystal Rogers disappearance.
We asked Rogers' parents about the suspension.
"We have no comment on that at the moment," Sherry Ballard said, Crystal's mom.
"The one thing I'd like to say is I want, I'd like to know why," Tommy Ballard said, Crystal's dad.
Tommy and Sherry Ballard learned about Houck's suspension while they were just across the parking lot at the Nelson County Courthouse in a custody hearing.
They are asking to see their youngest grandson, Crystal's son with Brooks Houck, 2-year-old Eli. The Ballard’s said they have not seen Eli since Crystal went missing more than two months ago on July 3.
They said the judge did not make a decision on Thursday.
"We are hopeful that we will get to see Eli," Sherry Ballard said, "We have to wait for that but I'm hoping it won't be very long and we will finally get to see him."
The Houck family did not have a comment on either the court case or the suspension.