published Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Gail Palmgren’s Jeep won't be taken off mountain today

Members of a cliff and cave rescue team secure the area around the wrecked vehicle belonging to Gail Palmgren above the W Road on Sunday morning.
Members of a cliff and cave rescue team secure the area around the wrecked vehicle belonging to Gail Palmgren above the W Road on Sunday morning.
Photo by Jake Daniels.

More cable is needed to get Gail Palmgren's Jeep off the side of Signal Mountain, so the work will have to be done Monday or later, officials said.

Workers were cutting down trees today on the side of the Mountain, trying to make a path to remove the 2010 Jeep Rubicon. The plan was to hook wrecker cables to the vehicle and winch it about 300 feet from where it now sits to the W Road.

But a crew from Yates Wrecker Service determined that more cable was needed to winch the car and that can't be done until Monday.

Palmgren, 44, was last seen on April 30, when she dropped off her two children at their Signal Mountain home.

Weather could influence whether the Jeep is removed Monday since rain is expected to move into the area tonight and linger until Wednesday.

Authorities also recovered the Jeep’s event data recorder — the “black box” of autos — and it showed that Palmgren wasn’t wearing her seat belt when she went off East Brow Road on Signal Mountain, Hammond said.

It also showed that the first impact on the Jeep was a 200-pound boulder sitting on the edge of the bluff, he said.

As she went off the mountain Palmgren apparently hit the boulder, which was found near the severely damaged Jeep.

Palmgren's remains were taken off the mountain Saturday and will be sent to the University of Tennessee's Anthropological Research Facility, commonly known as the Body Farm, where a positive ID will be made. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond has said he is "98 percent" sure the remains are Palmgren's.

Story developing, check back for updates.

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Lr103 said...

Palmgren wasn’t wearing her seat belt when she went off East Brow Road

Would it have helped if she had been wearing a seatbelt? There are certain accidents that wearing a seatbelt wouldn't have saved a life, and in some situation a seatbelt may have caused the death or serious injury. How long before the impact does the data show, if possible, Mrs. Palmgren wasn't wearing her seatbelt. Was she wearing at all prior to hitting the bolder and going over the mountain? Is it possible she may have been wearing a seatbelt but unbuckled it in an attempt to escape what she knew was inevitable when she realized her fate? Still so many questions and possiblities. So few answers.

December 4, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
Dreamcatcher said...

Such a shame! But I would have thought that jeep to be much more crushed than it is, judging by the way it was said that the crash unfolded. I thought it fell, hit and rolled and then fell down even farther, rolled again and came to rest where it did. In this pic the pass window, side and hood is barely damaged. Making me think that if she had a seatbelt on maybe it may have saved her. Maybe. Surely she was overcome with stress from the way her hubby had done her though. Shameful!

December 4, 2011 at 7:33 p.m.
chet123 said...

There truly need to be an investigation into Gail death.....the TBI or FBI and other expert need to handle the investigation ....this case has been handle poorly bt local law enforcements

December 5, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
Dreamcatcher said...

And to think her last phone ping came from this area. And to think the GPS was taken out of her jeep by her husband. And to think he didn't go looking for her. And to think SHE WAS SO AFRAID OF HER HUSBAND, she drove straight to the local police station the day before! And what has he done since then?? And how could she STILL be with him knowing how he treated Gail?? Those poor poor children!

December 5, 2011 at 2 p.m.
chet123 said...

There are people trying to closed this case....THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT A SEATBELT ISSUE....not so fast!...not so fast!....let the investigation begin.....thanks goodness there's a "Black Box".....and local boys dont need to be in on this investigation!

I dont trust the local law enforcement.....(case and point when money or influence is involved)..example:In Lafayette....Sheriff Sam Parker was assisted by one of his Deputy in covering up evidence in the death Theresa Parker.

Although they found him guilty, It took 3years before they found her body....The Sheriff killed his wife and the Deputy was in on it

December 6, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.
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