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Benefit held for family of missing mom Nikki Burgess

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

Friends and family are still waiting for news in the disappearance of Nikki Burgess, a Hermitage mother-of-two missing for two months. Saturday, they gathered in Crossville to raise money to help support a college fund for Burgess's two children.

"I knew as soon as I met her she was awesome," said friend Stevie Blainey.

Cold drinks under the hot sun, a plate of wings and a band up on stage. Blainey said that's the exact sort of scene Burgess would take part in on a Saturday afternoon.

"This is definitely her speed," laughed Blainey. "She's definitely the life of the party."

At the Blind Zebra in Crossville, the crowd was all Burgess's friends, the playlist was all her favorite songs and art auctioned off was all done by Burgess.

Blainey said the goal was to throw Burgess the biggest party of the year.

"We're raising money for the family," said Blainey. "Obviously, they have needs with all of this."

Burgess was last seen May 23 when she dropped off one of her children at school. Police have named the father of one of her children, Caleb Cannon, a person of interest in her disappearance. Warrants claim cadaver dogs have smelled human decomposition in Burgess's home and Cannon's car.

"We know the investigators are working as hard as they can," said Blainey. "They're taking every lead we throw their way."

With Burgess still not found and no arrests made, friends collected money to help her achieve her dream; send her two children to college.

"Obviously, they were the most important things in the world to her, so it's going toward that," said Blainey. "If she were around, she'd work as hard as she could to make it happen herself."

With the crowd building, Blainey said she feels strength in the numbers that came together to remember a woman who loved to do crafts, pin-up modeling, have fun with friends and be with her children.

"We all just kinda bonded together, and we've made this big group that relies on each other," said Blainey. "It's a terrible situation, but we're all together."

In addition to raising money for Burgess's family, friends said investigators were on hand to collect information from anyone who could come forward with new pieces of evidence.

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