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East TN home searched in connection to missing Hermitage woman

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Nichole “Nikki” Burgess was reported missing on May 25, 2014. She is now feared dead. Nichole “Nikki” Burgess was reported missing on May 25, 2014. She is now feared dead.
Caleb Cannon is the father of Burgess' 10-year-old son. Caleb Cannon is the father of Burgess' 10-year-old son.
Polcie searched Caleb Cannon's east Tennessee home Thursday. (Courtesy: Metro Police/Twitter) Polcie searched Caleb Cannon's east Tennessee home Thursday. (Courtesy: Metro Police/Twitter)
ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police are searching an east Tennessee home Thursday in connection to the disappearance of a Hermitage woman who is now presumed dead.

The home in Andersonville, outside Knoxville, belongs to Caleb Cannon, the father of Nichole Burgess’ 10-year-old son.

Burgess, 36, was last heard from on May 23 when she sent a text message to a friend that mentioned “Caleb.”

Later in the afternoon, Cannon, who had visitation privileges with the 10-year-old every other weekend, picked him up from school.

They then went to Burgess’ Oak Vale Drive home in Hermitage.

Police said Burgess was not present and Cannon took the child to Anderson County later in the evening.

Metro police said detectives 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 for a DNA sample.

In seeking the search warrants, the lead detective in the case 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.

Burgess’ son is now in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

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

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