published Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

TBI reviewing case of missing Signal Mountain woman

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the case of a missing Signal Mountain woman at the request of the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office.

Gail Palmgren, 44, of Signal Mountain, has not been seen since April 30. Her sister, Diane Nichols of New York, contacted the district attorney’s office, asking for a review.

“We have been asked to take a look at the case and see if we have any suggestions,” said TBI Special Agent in Charge Jerri Powell in Nashville.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office still is leading the investigation into Palmgren’s disappearance.

Matthew Palmgren, Gail’s husband, told police that the last time his wife was seen by family members, she left their children, ages 9 and 12, alone at their home at 40 Ridgerock Drive. Her crimson-red Rubicon Jeep also is missing.

Two days later, at the urging of Nichols and other family members, Matthew Palmgren filed a missing persons report with the Signal Mountain Police Department. The report came only days after police responded to arguments between the Palmgrens at their home on April 22 and April 29, according to reports.

Investigators have found no evidence of foul play. Matthew Palmgren recently reached an agreement with authorities and allowed them to search the couple’s Signal Mountain home two months after his wife was last seen.

Other searches are being coordinated for other family properties.

Matthew Palmgren lost his job at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee after authorities began searching for his wife. According to tax documents, Matt Palmgren earned more than $230,000 in 2009.

Nichols and another sibling, Kevin Nowacki, recently filed a restraining order in Hamilton County Chancery Court to appoint a legal representative for the children and to ask that Matthew Palmgren not be allowed to move the children more than 100 miles from their home.

The filing also asked the court to protect their sister’s assets.

A judge dissolved the order last week.

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rolando said...

"Investigators have found no evidence of foul play."

That's it in a nutshell.

"The filing also asked the court to protect their sister’s assets."

Follow the money trail. Who stands to gain from that filing?

July 6, 2011 at 3:47 a.m.
hambone said...

If they want to find Mrs Palmgren then check the sister's phone records.

July 6, 2011 at 6:38 a.m.
Holz said...

Matthew Palmgren lost his job at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee after authorities began searching for his wife

In the other article, it leads one to believe that Blue Cross basically found a reason to fire him. If that is true, then for a company to fire someone over their personal conduct, proven or not, is plain creepy, even creepier than he is.

The husband of a missing Signal Mountain woman and a co-worker recently were fired from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee after a search for his wife caused workplace distractions. BlueCross sent Matthew Palmgren a letter Monday informing him he was fired, said Lee Davis, a defense attorney who is representing him. The letter, according to Davis, references the disappearance of Palmgren’s wife, Gail.

July 6, 2011 at 9:42 a.m.
matrix_38018 said...

Based on what is mentioned here it seems very likely that the missing person is dead. It is also very likely that the husband may have a connection with the death. Be sure to check for cleaning supplies (new/old and might be industrial strength). Also they need to be sure to check if anyone has been hired to clean the properties, or detail vehicles. Has anyone considered looking for her cell phone. Most modern cell phones have a gps, and can be activated remotely. There is a very good chance that there may be a residual charge in the battery of the phone. Cell towers can also be used to triangulate the last location of the cell phone, given that there was a call incoming or out going. It is unusual for a mentally well woman (assumed) to leave her children in a home by themselves, especially if she felt that the home environment may be dangerous. Were there any clothes missing? What about jewelry? How much gas was in the car? Any withdrawals, or activity on her card, or on the account that may seem unusual? Does the husband frequent any areas in particular? The husband made an agreement to allow the authorities to examine the house two months after the fact. That does seem unusual, especially if someone has nothing to hide. Is there any property, or location that the husband frequents/frequented? What about checking around the state lines for the missing vehicle.

July 6, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.
NorthChatter said...

matrix_38018 obviously never misses an episode of CSI.

July 6, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.

Holz, BCBS made a good move by relieving Gail's husband (and his g/f) from their duties for just cause. Think about all the folks who pay a tidy monthly sum to BCBS. Do they really want someone like him employed and earning almost a quarter of a million dollars a year? I think NOT. Furthermore this last minute investigation is unlikely to discover additional details. Has been way too long and the authorities chose to 'look' the other way when she was first missing. Whatever evidence was available is long gone. I still maintain that the children are the ones who are suffering the most.

July 6, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.

I think matrix_38018 would be a better investigator than these bozos. Why would they wait a month after she goes missing to search their homes? This guy has a doctorate; he's no fool. Whatever evidence there may have been is most likely gone.

July 6, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
rolando said...

Once again, wildman and Cashing, the police cannot search a home without a warrant and that takes evidence of a crime or other probable cause -- of which there was none.

Does the wife have her own bank account? If so, when she is declared dead, it belongs to the husband if she is intestate. On the other hand, if the husband is accused and convicted of murder/manslaughter/etc then the kids get it...and guess who ends up with the kids and the whole shootin' match? Sound like a money grab there, ya think?

So put the "search" comment back in the closet.

July 6, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
rolando said...

So Cashing, exactly what did Mr Palmgren do to earn your undying enmity? Because he had a girlfriend to help him through the final stages of his failed marriage?

How trite in this amoral country of man-man marriages, 50% divorce rate, never-married multiple-children-different-fathers mothers, teaching condom usage in elementary school, teaching fisting techniques to grade schoolers, etc, etc.

July 6, 2011 at 5:22 p.m.
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