ANDERSONVILLE (WATE) – Police searched an Andersonville home Thursday belonging to the father of a missing Middle Tennessee woman’s child.
Nashville authorities executed a search warrant at the Lambdin Road home of Caleb J. Cannon, the father of Nichole Burgess’ 10-year-old son.
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Burgess, 36, was last heard from on May 23 in a text message sent to her best friend. Police say Cannon was referenced in that message.
Officials say Cannon, who had visitation privileges with the child every other weekend, picked him up from school later that afternoon, then went to Burgess’ home in Hermitage. Burgess was not there.
Cannon then took the child to Anderson County later in the evening. The child is now in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services while the investigation continues.
Detectives have traveled to Anderson County several times over the past week as part of the investigation. A search warrant was served on Cannon Tuesday for a DNA sample.
6 News requested an interview with Cannon, but he declined.
Neighbors in the area have never seen anything like the search before.
“I knew it was something serious with all the dogs, but I didn’t know what they was there for,” said Lisa Hatmaker, a neighbor in Andersonville.
Neighbors in the area tell 6 News they didn’t know Cannon well and that he usually kept to himself. They say the neighborhood is known to be quiet.
“We don’t have any activity around here much. All the neighbors are pretty good, but that was quite alarming,” said Doug Padgett, another neighbor in Andersonville.
Detectives say they believe that based on the investigation thus far, Burgess is likely dead and Cannon is considered a person of interest.
6 News also caught up with one of Burgess’ best friends from Crossville. Robert Underwood set up a candleight vigil at Cumberland County High School’s football field earlier this week.
Burgess’ father, Bill, said she was planning on moving back to the Crossville area at the time of her disappearance. Friends say they’re remaining positive despite investigators’ beliefs that she may be dead.
“We’re kind of a little more than shocked today. The weight has hit us a little more and we’re still kind of trying to hold out hope until, you know, the body is found,” said Underwood.
Anyone with information on the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Nichole Burgess is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.