published Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Sheriff’s investigators complete last of 3 local Palmgren searches


Gail Palmgren was last seen driving a red 2010 Rubicon Jeep with a tailgate tire cover that reads “Life is Good” and with a daisy painted on it. She also had a personalized Alabama tag — “EAZY ST.” The couple owns a home near Titus, Ala., on Lake Jordan.

She is 5 feet 8, weighs 135 pounds and has blonde hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information may call investigators at 423-209-8940 or 423-622-0022.


The consent order to search the Palmgrens’ Signal Mountain home included these parameters:

* Mike Mathis, a former Chattanooga Police Department investigator, who has been hired by Palmgren, must be present during the searches.

* Any documents that investigators wish to copy must be copied through Palmgren and his attorneys.

* Testing of trace evidence is allowed as long as it does not damage the property.

* Detectives must get permission to further test items from the house from Palmgren’s attorney and the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office.

* If investigators damage the property, the sheriff’s office must replace the property.

Source: Consent Order


The consent order lists five locations for the search:

* The Palmgren family residence at 40 Ridgerock Drive, Signal Mountain

* 439 Easy St., Wetumpka, Ala.

* 481 Jordan Lake Road, Titus, Ala.

* A public storage unit in Red Bank

* Matt Palmgren’s mother’s residence in Chattanooga

Source: Consent Order

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office investigators completed the last of three local property searches made with the consent of the husband of a missing Signal Mountain woman.

For about 21⁄2 hours Wednesday, investigators searched the apartment of Matthew Palmgren’s mother — Julann Palmgren — at Mountain Creek Apartments located on Mountain Creek Road, authorities said.

Investigators were not seen carrying anything from the apartment during the search.

No one has seen or heard from Palmgren’s wife, 44-year-old Gail Palmgren, since April 30.

The search was similar to one conducted at the Palmgrens’ home in St. Ives subdivision at 40 Ridgerock Drive on June 23. In that search, investigators used an alternate light source looking for body fluids, photographed the area and conducted a general search.

Investigators also previously searched a storage unit in Red Bank. They have yet to search the couple’s two properties in Alabama.

Matthew Palmgren worked with his defense attorneys, Lee Davis and Bryan Hoss, to draft a consent order that would allow detectives to search the home and other properties, including a home at Lake Jordan in Alabama. The agreement states that Palmgren’s private investigator must be present at each search.

Investigators were not able to obtain search warrants for the properties early on in the investigation because there is no proof that any crime occurred.

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NoMyth said...

Oy vey! Does anyone remember when OJ had a private investigator working on his case? Please. It is not looking good for Mr. Palmgren. Also, BlueCross BlueShield is to blame...for grossly overpaying people such as Mr. Palmgren to the tune of $230,000 per year!!! BlueCross BlueShield provides these cushy jobs (in exchange for financially raping their fellow countrymen) and has created a work environment where one does not have to work hard and has plenty of time to flirt at the water cooler and pursue extramarital affairs that lead to the mysterious disappearance of your spouse.

July 7, 2011 at 12:56 a.m.

Really? You are going to try to exploit this missing person case to stand on your socialist soap box and pound your chest about how in your opinion someone who spent years of their lives working and studying in school so that they could contribute to society and earn a good living is overpaid for their effort? You have no idea how much work BlueCross employees do in a day. What do you have against people who have accomplished something in their lives? It sounds like you wouldn't be happy unless everyone had a job working in extreme weather, naked hauling bags of concrete and broken glass on their backs.

Jealous much? Envy green is the color of failure. It looks good on you.

What makes BlueCross so evil? The fact that they make medical treatment more affordable? If you think BlueCross is the villain, you should just try to pay your doctor, pharmacy or hospital bills from your own pocket. See my point? You have mistakenly identified the rapist.

Blaming an entire company filled with good, honest, hard working TN residents for the disappearance of one former employee's wife based upon how much the company paid him is a huge stretch.

You should try adding logic to that grab bag of thoughts in your head. You might like it.

July 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
NoMyth said...

FlyingPurpleSheepleEater: It appears that you are a BlueCross BlueShield employee so I understand how my comments might hit close to home. However, I don't think any rational American (that is not in the healthcare industry) would find it reasonable to compensate someone $230,000 per year to push pills through a paper labyrinth, all the while knowing that most of those pills are over-prescribed and intended to create a long-term revenue stream to treat symptoms, as opposed to more cost-effective and healthy treatment options that treat the cause. There is no jealousy, no socialism and, gratefully, no medical bills on my end. You are obviously too close to this and cannot be objective. Enjoy your work in the healthcare industry and your support for a mountain of lobbyists that will ensure our nation continues paying 1 out of every 5 dollars on healthcare. You are obviously looking out for all of us. Thanks!

July 7, 2011 at 9:39 p.m.
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