Donation booth set up at tattoo event for missing Hermitage mom - WKRN News 2

Donation booth set up at tattoo event for missing Hermitage woman

Posted: Updated: Jun 22, 2014 09:38 PM
Nichole "Nikki" Burgess went missing from her Hermitage home on May 23, 2014. Nichole "Nikki" Burgess went missing from her Hermitage home on May 23, 2014.
The father of her son, Caleb Cannon, has been named a person of interest in her disappearance. The father of her son, Caleb Cannon, has been named a person of interest in her disappearance.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Friends of the missing Hermitage mother set up a donation booth Sunday to collect funds for the woman's family at a local tattoo shop for their annual fan appreciation event.

Brittany McCann, a friend of Nichole “Nikki” Burgess, will be manning the booth at Kustom Thrills in east Nashville for their Rock n’ Rodz event.

The event is frequented by those associated with Nashville’s “Kustom Kulture,” a group which Burgess was a part of that is devoted to keeping alive vintage trends, such as pin-ups, classic cars and fashion, from the late 1940s-1950s.

McCann hopes to bring attention to Burgess’ disappearance and help support her family during their time of need.

“We need to raise awareness and money for her family, and hopefully we can accomplish that a little bit here today,” she told News 2.

McCann explained the money will go directly to Burgess’ family to help with several things.

“Nikki’s family is incurring a lot of expenses, travelling back and forth from Nashville to Crossville a couple of times a week,” she said, adding, “Nikki also has expenses that are not being paid, and since she’s still missing, somebody has to come up with those funds.”

A GoFundMe page is also set up in Burgess’ honor, and her friends are also planning a large fundraiser for August.

SLIDESHOW: Missing Hermitage mother

Burgess went missing on May 23 and 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.

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

Anyone who wishes to attend Rock n’ Rodz and make a donation for Nikki’s family can do so between 5 and 10 p.m. Sunday at Kustom Thrills, located at 1000 Main Street.

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