There is some chilling new information in the case of a missing Hermitage woman, and some of it is coming from the words of her own 10-year-old son.

Her son doesn't just think his mom is dead. He also thinks he knows who killed her, and it's all spelled out in search warrants.

Nikki Burgess has been missing for more than two weeks, and her friend Stephanie Blaney says she hasn't been able to sleep or eat much.

She was the last to hear from Burgess, when Burgess told Blaney by text message that the father of Burgess' young child, Caleb Cannon, was with her and that they were fighting.

After that there has been nothing but silence, Blaney said.

Last week, Metro police executed search warrants at Burgess' home then at Cannon's.

In Burgess' house, investigators found a sheet with blood, brass knuckles, cleaning products, an extension cord and string.

In Cannon's home, they found an axe, a nylon case, glass vials, knives and a loaded revolver.

And perhaps most disturbing was what their son told a friend, according to police. The child said he "might not be seeing his mom any more because she is probably dead," and that he was "pretty sure that his dad had killed his mom."

In search warrants, police say four trained cadaver dogs smelled human decomposition in Burgess' home while two other dogs sensed human decomposition in Cannon's car.

Neighbors told police they saw two people in the early morning hours unloading something out of Burgess' house and into a car.

That was on May 24, the day before Burgess was reported missing.

Investigators say they believe Cannon killed Burgess inside her Hermitage house, put her in his trunk and then dropped her off at an unknown location.

As of right now, there is still no body and still no arrests.

Police say the case is still ongoing and active. They are still working to put the pieces of the puzzle together and to find Burgess.

So far, Cannon is the only one named a person of interest.

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Carley Gordon joined the News4 team as a reporter in 2009.

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