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Police search East TN home in disappearance of Nashville woman

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro police say a search warrant has been executed in East Tennessee in the disappearance of Nashville woman Nikki Burgess.

Burgess, 36, was last seen May 23 when she dropped her child off at school and then disappeared. Police had previously said they believe Burgess didn't leave on her own free will.

Detectives on Thursday were at the Andersonville, TN, home of Caleb J. Cannon, the father of Burgess' 10-year-old son.

Police say based on the investigation thus far, Burgess is likely dead, and Cannon is considered a person of interest.

Investigators collected a DNA sample from Cannon on Tuesday.

Their child is now in the custody of the Department of Children's Services while the investigation continues.

Burgess' friend Shannon Million told Channel 4 News about recent tension between Burgess and the father of her son.

"She felt forced to go off of her social media, and she closed almost all of those accounts, all of the ones that I knew about, and then became increasingly difficult to contact via text or cell phone," Million said.

Her friends want to know what happened, and they want to get her home safely.

"We just want to get her back," Million said. "Every spare second of your mind is thinking about where she is and if she's OK."

Family and friends gathered for a vigil Tuesday in Burgess' hometown of Crossville.

Anyone with information on the circumstances surrounding Burgess' disappearance is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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