NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police believe foul play may have been involved in the disappearance of a mother from Hermitage now missing for more than a week.
Nichole “Nikki” Burgess, 36, was reported missing on Sunday, May 25.
She was last heard from two days earlier, on the afternoon of Friday, May 23, when she sent a text message to a friend.
The friend, Stevie Blainey, reported her missing two days later because she did not hear from her again and “felt like something was off” because the two typically spoke several times a day.
When authorities searched Burgess’ home in the 900 block of Oak Vale Drive, they found her usually tidy house in disarray.
Her two dogs were also found alone in the home.
Family and friends said she would not have left her pets for an extended period of time without proper care.
Her car was also parked outside with her purse inside.
Neighbors told News 2 the only suspicious activity they saw Friday was a car in Burgess’ driveway they did not recognize.
Burgess’ boyfriend, Jay Henry, also spoke with Burgess on the afternoon of May 23.
“I personally talked with Nikki at around 1:50 p.m. last Friday afternoon. She was planning to leave Nashville and head to Sparta and Crossville within the hour. That was the last contact I had with this wonderful, beautiful lady,” Henry told News 2.
Burgess is from the area and was traveling there to be with family and close friends, including Henry, who lives there.
Shannon Million, a friend of Burgess’, told News 2 the concern is growing as people speculate what might’ve happened to her.
“I think everybody has their own ideas, hearing the story, and hearing who [last saw] her. We are just hoping she shows up,” Million said.
She added that getting word out and getting Burgess’ face out to the public is their primary goal. A Facebook page has also been set up.
“People are very concerned,” Million stated.
She told Nashville’s News 2 any information received on the Facebook page goes to investigators immediately.
“The response so far has been really great,” she said. “We have had thousands of people adding to the site.”
Million also appeared on the Jane Velez-Mitchell show on HLN Monday night to discuss the story.
Million and Burgess became friends through Nashville’s “Kustom Kulture,” a group devoted to keeping alive vintage trends, such as pin-ups, classic cars and fashion, from the late 1940s-1950s.
Police said they are aware Burgess was a part of Kustom Kulture, but cannot say if that is a link to her disappearance.
“Everyday that passes is of greater concern to all those involved,” Million said, adding, “But hopefully if anyone knows anything, they will come forward with some information.”
Metro police are working with authorities in east Tennessee to find Burgess, but have no real leads.
Burgess is five feet, one inch tall and weighs 126 pounds.
Burgess is the single mother of a 10-year-old boy. Police say he is safe and is with his father.
Anyone with information on Burgess’ whereabouts should call Metro police at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
A vigil will be held for Burgess at Cumberland County High School in Crossville on Tuesday.