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Friends, family waiting for answers in case of missing Nashville woman

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Nikki Burgess went missing about two months ago. Nikki Burgess went missing about two months ago.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The last time Channel 4 interviewed Brittany McCann, she had patience.

She said police could take as long as they needed, just as long as they could catch and convict the person responsible for killing Nashville mother Nikki Burgess.

"This is definitely a race against time right now," McCann said.

And time is running out.

"Talking to the detective, it seems like they're really holding out for the TBI to do their job. The TBI seems to be dragging their feet on testing this evidence and that's one major thing that can make or break this case, and we need the TBI to pick it up," she said.

Channel 4 went to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to find out what the holdup is.

"In this particular case, we are talking a huge volume of evidence that was given to the TBI for analysis at the end of June. We're in the process right now of working to conduct the tests that we need to. However, there are several cases ahead of that," said TBI spokesman Josh DeVine.

Channel 4 also learned that police departments have the option to ask the TBI for expedited analysis, but that didn't happen in this case.

"Those sorts of requests are generally limited to cases where it is absolutely critical," DeVine said.

But it is critical, according to Burgess' friends.

Caleb Cannon, who has a son with Burgess, is the only one named as a person of interest in this case.

Burgess' friends say he's now trying to get custody of the 10-year-old.

"It's probably the scariest thing that could happen," McCann said.

At this point, Cannon isn't charged with anything.

Metro police said there is a methodical investigation process that's taking place. They can't discuss how important specific pieces of evidence are to the case because they don't want to give the person responsible too much information.

They are still looking for Burgess' body and are searching for a second person of interest in the case.

Metro police said they only ask for expedited analysis when it's absolutely necessary.

"I don't see why it wasn't expedited because there's a child involved and his future, his past and his present are all in serious danger right now," McCann said.

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