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Friends of missing Hermitage woman hoping for answers in case

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The case of a missing Hermitage woman seems to be taking a new turn every day.

Friends of Nikki Burgess are now accusing her ex-boyfriend's family of sabotaging the search, and detectives are closing in on another person who may have been involved.

Brittany McCann says she and a friend were trying to put up missing person fliers for Burgess in East Tennessee, but every time they put one up, they say Sandra Cannon tore it down.

Sandra Cannon's son, Caleb Cannon, is Burgess's ex-boyfriend and a person of interest for police in the case.

As for Caleb Cannon's level of cooperation with investigators, Det. Kevin Akin said, "It's been pretty much nonexistent up to this point."

Akin said they are now looking for a second person of interest in the case. They believe this person helped Caleb Cannon carry something out of Burgess's home and into the trunk of his car.

"If the public knows anything about who that second subject would be, even if it's the smallest detail involving that person, it still could be huge in the case," Akin said.

As for family and friends, they want to find Burgess's body. That's why her boyfriend is now offering a $1,000 reward out of his own pocket.

"Somebody's got to stand up and say, this is not OK, we cannot let Nikki be forgotten," McCann said.

Caleb Cannon didn't respond to Channel 4's request for an interview. Neither did his parents.

Recently, his father posted on Facebook saying, "You are innocent until proven guilty." He then went on to talk about Burgess and her family.

"I think it's interesting that he's not saying my son didn't do this, he had no part of it. He's just slandering Nikki," McCann said.

Her friends are remaining vigilant.

"We know you can only get one chance at a conviction, and we want the police to get this right. They can take as much time as they need as long as they can prove it 100 percent in court," McCann said.

Friends of Burgess are hosting a benefit for her family at the Blind Zebra in Crossville from noon until midnight on July 26.

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