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East Tenn. Home Searched In Connection With Missing Hermitage Woman

East Tenn. Home Searched In Connection With Missing Hermitage Woman

CREATED Jun 6, 2014
ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – A home in East Tennessee was searched Thursday, in connection with the disappearance of a missing Hermitage woman.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said a search warrant was executed at the residence of Caleb J. Cannon, located on Lambdin Road in Andersonville. Cannon is the father of Nichole “Nikki” Burgess’s 10-year-old son.

Burgess, age 36, was reported missing by a friend on May 25. Her car was found with her purse inside of it at her duplex, located on Oak Vale Drive in Hermitage. Her two dogs were also found inside the home.

Police said detectives, along with crime scene specialists, have traveled to Anderson County several times over the past week, as part of the investigation.

On Tuesday, a search warrant was served on Cannon, requesting a DNA sample.

Detectives told an Anderson County judge that based on the investigation thus far, Burgess is likely dead and that Cannon is considered a person of interest.

Detectives learned that Burgess was last heard from by her best friend via text message on the afternoon of May 23. "Caleb" was reportedly mentioned in that message. That afternoon, Cannon, who had visitation privileges with the 10-year-old every other weekend, picked him up from school. They went to Burgess' home, but she was not there. Police said Cannon then took the child to his home in Anderson County later that evening.

The 10-year-old has been placed in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services while the investigation continues.

Anyone with information on the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Nichole Burgess is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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