Benefit raises $2,600 for Nikki Burgess’ family

Nikki Burgess

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Last week’s fundraiser for missing Hermitage mother Nichole “Nikki” Burgess’ family raised more than $2,600.

The event was held last Saturday at the Blind Zebra Sports Bar & Grill on Highway 80 East in Crossville.

Burgess’ best friend, Stevie Blainey, and other friends helped organize the event.

The 36-year-old mother of two has been missing since May 23.

Investigators have since gathered unsettling evidence and executed a search warrant that lead them to believe she was murdered.

Caleb Cannon, the father of Burgess’ 10-year-old son, has been named a person of interest in the case.

Police have 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.

Blood-stained bedding, brass knuckles and empty bottles of cleaner were also recovered from the woman’s home.

While Cannon remains a person of interest, charges have yet to be filed.

A GoFundMe account is also set up in Burgess’ honor.

Anyone with information on Burgess’ disappearance is urged to call police at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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