Blood-stained bedding, brass knuckles recovered from Hermitage mother’s home

Nikki Burgess
The 36-year-old mother has been missing since late May.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Blood-stained bedding, brass knuckles and empty bottles of cleaner were among the items recovered during a search of Nichole “Nikki” Burgess’ Hermitage home, a search warrant obtained by News 2 has revealed.

The 36-year-old mother went missing May 23.

Nikki Burgess
Nikki Burgess has been missing since May 23, 2014.

On May 29, police searched the Oak Vale Drive home Burgess shared with her 10-year-old son.

They confiscated several items including a sheet, comforter and mattress pad stained with blood and a piece of carpet from the master bedroom that was also bloody.

Brass knuckles were also recovered from the home, in addition to empty bottles of carpet cleaner and bleach.

Burgess was last heard from when she sent a text message to a friend on the afternoon of May 23. The message indicated she was with her son’s father, Caleb Cannon, and the two were arguing.

Two days later, during the early morning hours of May 25, Burgess’ neighbor, Jamie McCavanaugh, told police he saw two people carrying something that appeared to be furniture out of Burgess’ home. He believes one of those two people was Cannon.

Police have also searched Cannon’s home in Anderson County outside Knoxville. Several weapons including a gun and an axe were recovered.

Detectives said they have reason to believe Burgess is dead due to the presence of human decomposition detected in both her home and in the trunk of Cannon’s car but her body has not been found.

Cannon remains a person of interest in the case. No charges have been filed.

The couple’s son remains in custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

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