published Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

‘Still missing Gail’

Members of the Signal Mountain community gather to pray Saturday at Signal Point before releasing balloons and holding a candlelight vigil for Gail Palmgren.
Members of the Signal Mountain community gather to pray Saturday at Signal Point before releasing balloons and holding a candlelight vigil for Gail Palmgren.
Photo by Jake Daniels.
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Most of the people gathered Saturday to release balloons and light candles in memory of missing local Gail Palmgren don’t even know her.

The sun was just beginning to set over Signal Point as about 10 people joined hands to pray for her return.

“I know what it feels like to lose somebody, and I think about what it would be like to lose my wife or my daughter,” resident Don Davis said. “Hopefully they’ll find her.”

The group was concerned not just with keeping up hope for Palmgren’s return, but spreading hope to anyone missing loved ones. They released several balloons strapped with note cards bearing their names and contact information.

The group wanted to see how far the balloons would travel and hope whoever picks them up will contact them.

Palmgren, 44, was last seen April 30. Since then several friends, family and Signal Mountain community members have searched the mountain for any sign of the mother of two, especially her red Jeep Rubicon with plates reading “EAZY ST.”

But the searches weren’t enough for Palmgren’s siblings, who worried for the safety of her two young children.

Palmgren and her husband, Matthew, had serious arguments, and Gail had told friends and family she believed Matthew was having an affair.

Diane Nichols, of Tonawanda, N.Y., and Kevin Nowacki, of Lake Worth, Fla., filed court documents on June 24 asking that the children, ages 12 and 9, be appointed a guardian.

A Hamilton County judge denied the request and the children will stay with their father.

During the hearing, Matthew Palmgren’s attorney said that before her disappearance, Gail Palmgren had given jewelry to a friend for safekeeping. She also gave Nichols a cashier’s check for $17,000.

Matthew Palmgren’s attorney also told the judge Gail Palmgren was mentally unstable before her disappearance and she thought people were following her. The attorney said she asked a couple to look after her children, then later accused the same couple of trying to take the children away.

Regardless, the police investigation into her disappearance presses on. Some were hopeful that Gail Palmgren might be found with the help of surveillance footage that her friend Arlene Durham has in Alabama, where the Palmgrens have a second home. Durham plans to share the footage with police and media this week.

But Clive Bonnick, organizer of the event and leader of several searches for signs of the missing woman, expects little to come of the video.

“I don’t know that they’ll find anything that’s useful to the investigation,” he said.

Still, he said he hopes to keep thoughts of Gail Palmgren alive.

“We’re still missing Gail,” he said.

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rolando said...

"Durham plans to share the footage with police and media this week."

Ah yes; the old dollar-signs-in-the-eyes trick.

It is shameful how people -- especially siblings and "friends" -- take advantage of someone's misfortune by tryin' to make a buck off a poor, possibly deranged, woman who is fleeing to a new life somewhere.

Ya ever think all Ms Palmgren wants is to be freakin' left alone?

July 3, 2011 at 4:22 a.m.
dgtb4urb said...

WOW, I never read it was about money...prove it? The police have been less than stellar when it was offered prior. Many people are keeping this story in the news so Gail is not forgotten, where is your human character? Wait...are you Matt?

July 3, 2011 at 2:05 p.m.
rolando said...

It is well known that the media pays cash for exclusive rights to publish...

Y'all are really driving this poor woman into distraction. Why don't you just leave her alone. When she wants to reappear, she will.

And I will prove it's for the money when y'all prove your wild-eyed, baseless accusations that she was murdered by her husband or otherwise disappeared at his doing.

If and only if the police investigation turns up enough evidence to present to a grand jury, then we can discuss guilt and innocence.

Until then, the man is to be considered innocent under our law, not under some half-baked, unsupported suppositions of guilt a la Chavez&Co.

July 3, 2011 at 3:55 p.m.

Investigation? What investigation? There are so many holes in the disappearance of this mom, one looses count. Seems like there is an abundance of mis-information and in my opinion the law has done little if anything. For one, searching properties long after her disappearance hardly seems to make any sense. Someone is covering something and the ones who get hurt the most are the children.

July 3, 2011 at 6:33 p.m.
valleyreader said...

Rolando, THINK about what you stated: "tryin' to make a buck off a poor, possibly deranged, woman who is fleeing to a new life somewhere." It seems that it is okay for you to have an opinion about what may or may not have happened yourself.

Do you KNOW that she may be deranged? Thought not. And if you did, shame on you for making that disparaging remark and not getting her help, would be the decent thing to do for another human being. Supposing that IS what occurred, she may be in need of medical attention and not seeking it...guess in your mind, let her go, let her live on the streets, in her car and become just another nameless face in a shelter. If she chose to leave, why not take DL and money for gas, lodging, medical and food?

Consider the concerns and communications she had with family and close friends immediately before she disappeared, she was reaching out for help AND receiving it. If she chose to walk away, a simple phone call to her sister or anyone else letting them know of that decision would go a long way. Difficult for the family, but better for them than not knowing.

She deserves the same benefit of the doubt that you seem be defending Matt with. I don't see anyone accusing Matt, I see a whole lot of people who are baffled how a woman and her vehicle can mysteriously vanish after pulling out of her driveway. Add to this, the fact that she was taking steps and methodically preparing for an end to a several year (obviously tenuous) marriage at the time she disappeared....yes, this does cause speculation for many that understand it is routine to investigate and clear the spouse in similar circumstances.

Neither she nor her vehicle have been located. She disappeared with none of the resources which where available to her individually or through marital property. She and her family deserve the respect of a full investigation into ALL possibilities (accident, foul play, abduction or voluntarily leaving), until her disappearance is resolved.

As to the money angle...I haven't seen any indication from any source that this being pursued. I do see that certain people may have developed a level of uncertainty or lack of complete trust with folks in this area since she disappeared. One person in particular, has acted on Gail's specific request, and is loyally following those instructions. I can only speculate from what I have read or heard in interviews that perhaps the release to police and media simultaneously is an indication that she wants to honor a promise, and media presence while doing so is an assurance that this material will be handled properly and according to Gail's original intent.

A money angle, nope. This theory only serves to throw people off of the focus of locating somone's mother and sister. I believe no amount of money worth what her family, children and friends have been, are, and will continue to go through until she is located.

July 3, 2011 at 8:24 p.m.
rolando said...

No one else here lives up to your idea that opinions must be limited -- including yours. Your post is packed with opinion, just like mine and everyone else on this thread.

What you mean is my opinion doesn't agree with yours, therefor mine must be curtailed. How liberal of you...and mean.

Did you even notice my use of the word "seemingly" valleyreader? Do you even know what it means in that context? [Google it.] And exactly when has remark on a derangement become "disparaging"? You again show your liberal [and your mean] streak. Mrs Palmgren possibly has an undue dependence on others. Further, she and her husband are evidently quite well-to-do. Giving her sister 17Grand in cash demonstrates that. We could hardly call that "living on the street" [although it does sound ever so dramatic, doesn't it?]

Leaving the way she did could also be symptomatic of a derangement...paranoia, perhaps.

You don't know much about law enforcement, do you, valleyreader? The police are quite limited in the actions they can take when there is no evidence of a crime being committed. They are RE-active, not PRO-active in this respect.

Mr Palmgren is suspected of murder and essentially accused of same by many on this thread, evidently including yourself since you object so when someone points out that there is no evidence whatsoever that a crime has been committed.

If defending Mr Palmgren's right to a fair trial is "defending him", you can color me guilty as charged. I did that for 40 years -- although from the other side of the fence [prosecution] -- and am not about to change merely because it may upset you.

Evidently you are close to Mrs Palmgren and her family, perhaps part of it. You seem privy to much information undisclosed on this forum that could apply to the case...of course that is all hearsay, isn't it? Have you discussed all this with the police?

As I said on a earlier thread of this topic, roughly 70-75% of all homicides are committed by the spouse, ex-spouse, boy/girlfriend, ex-boy/girlfriend, or other person well known by the victim. IF AND WHEN evidence of a crime is found, you can bet the rent Mr. Palmgren will become the prime suspect -- that's called profiling, by the way.

From your last sentence, I gather you are not living payday to payday and could turn down a nice little bonus. Good for you. It would be nice if we could all so lucky.

July 3, 2011 at 10:17 p.m.
rolando said...

HigherLevel -- It must be nice to be privy to all those police reports, unreleased information, investigative results and so forth upon which you surely depend. Being able to second-guess the police department and critique their actions is the sure sign of a High Level of Thinking. Yeah, right.

Please explain exactly how you would have the police search his home -- without either his consent or a court order listing exactly what they are looking for. This is neither Canada nor Mexico...we have the Fourth Amendment that prevents that.

July 3, 2011 at 10:30 p.m.
dgtb4urb said...

Rolando said, "If defending Mr Palmgren's right to a fair trial is "defending him", you can color me guilty as charged. I did that for 40 years -- although from the other side of the fence [prosecution] -- and am not about to change merely because it may upset you." So you're contending to be a lawyer? Enough said.

July 4, 2011 at 12:41 a.m.
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