Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Nichole Burgess was reported missing on Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was last heard from two days earlier, on the afternoon of Friday, May 23, when she sent a text message to a friend. She had plans to be in Sparta, TN that Saturday and never showed up. Burgess is from the area and was traveling there to be with family and close friends, including her boyfriend.
Police later found her car, purse and two of her dogs at her residence on Oak Vale Drive in Hermitage. Burgess’ friends told police that the missing woman would have boarded her dogs if she was leaving for an extended period of time. Plice found her usually tidy house in disarray.
At the time, neighbors said the only suspicious activity they saw the week Burgess disappeared was a car in the woman’s driveway that they did not recognize. A witness told police they saw two individuals carry something out of Burgess’ residence during the early morning hours of May 24, 2014.
Authorities consider Burgess a murder victim, although her body has never been found.
The father of Nikki Burgess’ son, Caleb Cannon was arrested in Nashville in October 2015 in connection to the missing woman’s murder. He was named a person of interest in June 2014. Cannon, who had visitation privileges with his son, picked him up from his Nashville school on the day Burgess went missing. He allegedly drove him to Anderson County that evening. He is charged with first degree murder.
A text message received May 23 from Burgess to a friend indicated Cannon was with her and they were involved in some sort of altercation. Cannon was seen loading two black nylon bags into his car at the Burgess home. A cadaver dogs twice “alerted to the presence of human decomposition.” One of the hits was at Burgess’ Hermitage home. The second was in the trunk of a vehicle registered to Cannon. A detective said he believes Burgess’ body was transported from her Nashville home to an unknown location inside the trunk of the vehicle belonging to Cannon.
Burgess was a member of Nashville’s “Kustom Kulture,” a group devoted to keeping alive vintage trends, such as pin-ups, classic cars and fashion, from the late 1940s-1950s.
Her body has not been found.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Metro Nashville Police Department