Police working diligently to find missing Hermitage mother

Nikki Burgess
Nikki Burgess has been missing since May 23.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It has been one month since anyone saw or heard from 36-year-old Nichole “Nikki” Burgess and still no arrests or charges have been made in the case.

Police are, however, calling the father of her 10-year-old son, Caleb Cannon, a person of interest in the case.

Officials searched his Anderson County home two weeks ago. According to the search warrant, they found several weapons, including a gun and a knife.

Nikki Burgess
Nikki Burgess has been missing since May.

Authorities said cadaver dogs also alerted to the presence of human decomposition in the trunk of the car registered to Cannon and at Burgess’ home.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron told News 2 Friday that police are still actively working to find Burgess, who went missing May 23.

He said police are investigating the case as a homicide.

“The case remains very much under investigation. There are pieces of the puzzle that have not come together to this point. We are working this case diligently, persons are being interviewed,” Aaron said, adding, “Our priority is to find Ms. Burgess. Frankly, we expect ultimately it will be the remains of Ms. Burgess.”

Aaron said police continue to receive tips from the community and that those tips have proven to be helpful.

He also said police continue to conduct interviews and had several this week.
One of the people interviewed was Jamie McCavanaugh, who shares a duplex on Oak Cake Drive in Hermitage with Burgess.

“A couple of days ago, I went to the police station downtown and gave a verbal recording of what I saw that Saturday evening,” said McCavanaugh.

He said he witnessed two people carrying something out the back door of Burgess’ home two days after she disappeared.
“All the lights were out. It was a very strange situation,” explained McCavanaugh.

Nikki Burgess home
Her home on Oak Vale Drive in Hermitage was found in disarray and her 2 dogs were inside alone

He told News 2 he is sure it was Cannon because he saw him several times before. Cannon would pick up his ten-year-old son every other weekend from Burgess’ home.

The boy is now in state custody.

While police continue to investigate, friends of Burgess will take up donations for her and her family Sunday.

They will have a booth set up at the “Rock N’ Rodz” event. It will be held at Kustom Thrills Tattoo located at 1000 Main Street in east Nashville beginning at 5 p.m.

To make an online donation to the “Bring Nikki Burgess Home” fund, click here.

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