Nashville detectives investigating the disappearance of Nichole Burgess were in Andersonville on Thursday to execute a search warrant at the home of Caleb J. Cannon, the father of Burgess’ 10-year-old son, authorities said.
Crime scene specialists from the Nashville Police Department’s Identification Unit were also at the home at 306 Lambdin Road assisting in the search warrant process, a press release 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, the release said.
In seeking the search warrants, lead Detective Steve Jolley from the police department’s Homicide-Cold Case Unit 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, the Nashville Police Department said in the release.
Detectives know that Burgess, 36, was last heard from by her best friend via text message on the afternoon of May 23, the NPD said. “Caleb” was referenced in that message.
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 Nichole Burgess’ Oak Vale Drive home in Hermitage. Nichole Burgess was not present.
Cannon took the child to Anderson County later in the evening. The 10-year-old is now 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.
Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com. People who contact Crime Stoppers by phone, text, or Internet can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.
The Nashville Police Department said it appreciates the assistance of the Anderson, Union, and Roane County Sheriffs’ Offices in this continuing investigation.