Information, in the case of missing persons, can be a double edged sword. Sometimes a tidbit of information can open the door to a serious lead. Sometimes too much information is revealed as gossip. Regardless, dogged investigators follow every lead. Such is the case with Nashville’s missing Nicole “Nikki” Burgess.
Burgess was last seen Friday afternoon, May 23. On May 25, a friend reported her missing. Investigators discovered she left behind her vehicle, her purse, and two dogs. Those who know her well say there is no way Burgess would leave her dogs or her son. At the time of her disappearance, her son was out of town with his father for a custodial visit.
Leads have trickled in and made their way into the media: a mysterious vehicle. A history of dancing in a gentleman’s club. No history of drug use. Dropping her social media connection and leaving the modeling business. An abusive boyfriend in the past. A lucrative career as a pin-up model. Friends and family hope one of these leads will turn into something that will bring Nikki home.
“She is very pretty in a Bettie Page – type of way,” says an acquaintance, referring to the famous 1950’s pinup model. “She has a striking look. She loves her little boy. I didn’t know her as well (as other friends) but I could tell she is very intelligent, and family – oriented.”
A candlelight vigil is being held tonight in Burgess’ hometown of Crossville. The vigil begins at 8 p.m. at the Cumberland County High School football field. For a map, click here. Attendees are asked to bring their own candles. Donations will be taken up for her family.
There is also a Facebook page “Find Nikki Burgess” that may be accessed HERE.
Because any bit of information can be helpful, anyone who has seen or had contact with Burgess from May 23 and afterward should call Nashville Emergency Communications Center at (615) 862-8600 or Nashville Crime Stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME. Nikki's loved ones deserve an answer.
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