published Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Chattanooga: Husband of missing woman is fired from BlueCross BlueShield

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    Matthew Palmgren speaks at a brief news conference concerning his missing wife, Gail, at the Signal Mountain Recreation Department in Signal Mountain.
    Photo by Jenna Walker /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The husband of a missing Signal Mountain woman has been fired from his job at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Matthew Palmgren was let go from his job Monday afternoon through a letter, said Lee Davis, a defense attorney, who is representing Palmgren.

The letter, according to Davis, cites the investigation into the disappearance of Palmgren’s wife, Gail, as a reason for the action.

“Obviously, it cites the investigation. We’re not going to discuss the details at this point,” he said.

Palmgren’s 44-year-old wife was last seen April 30 when she dropped off the couple’s two children at their Signal Mountain home.

Matthew Palmgren was placed on leave last month from BlueCross, where he worked as the director of pharmacy programs for its government business and emerging markets business unit.

Palmgren recently withdrew Chancery Court filings dated May 6 in which he attempted to legally separate from his wife and custody of the two children.

In court records, Matthew Palmgren said his wife had access to hundreds of thousands of dollars in their accounts and was suffering from severe mental illness. He also said the children’s passports are missing.

Records show Signal Mountain police were called to the couple’s home to deal with arguments in the days and weeks leading up to Gail Palmgren’s disappearance.

Matthew Palmgren has hired a former Chattanooga Police Department investigator to find his wife.

“Mr. Palmgren, through our office, is cooperating in every way he can with this investigation to find Gail,” Davis said.

Gail Palmgren was last seen driving a red 2010 Rubicon Jeep with a tailgate tire cover that said “Life is Easy” and had a daisy painted on it. She also had a personalized Alabama tag — “EAZY ST.”

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

Anyone with any information can contact Signal Mountain Police Department at 423-886-2124.

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HannaBeckman said...

Will he get his job back when this idiot woman turns up in Canada/Mexico/or her parents place???

June 7, 2011 at 10:29 p.m.
ENGLISHMAN said...

Hanna, I responded to your idiotic comments about the case and our searches the other day. You are completely insensitive to others who are in grief and misery for the loss of a family member right now. You also have no clue or knowledge about the subject, and unlees your goal in life is to be contaversial and mean, I suggest you apologise. But that would take brains, courage and a decent person, which you obviously are not. Get a life girl.

June 7, 2011 at 11:32 p.m.

Very good move on the part of BCBS. Too many inconsistencies with Palmgren. I certainly don't want my money paying someone of his questionable character.

June 8, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
Momus said...

Englishman wrote: " You are completely insensitive to others who are in grief..." Do you know something we don't know?

June 12, 2011 at 11:27 a.m.
dancrgirld said...

I am still thinking that HannaBeckman is the girlfriend! Who else could be so cold & vicious. By the way, Gail's parents are no longer living. The family has had enough heartache, just keep your nastiness to yourself.

June 16, 2011 at 8:31 p.m.

WATCH THE 33 MINUTE INTERVIEW MATT DID WITH A LOCAL REPORTER )Pre Recorded) for broadcast minutes after the Official News Conference by Sheriff Hammond to tell the world...CASE CLOSED....Gail Palmgren...in his opinion....Died as a result of a TRAGIC ACCIDENT... Oddly enough..in his pre recorded interview Matt Palmgren issued the same statement to the reporter who did the pre-recorded NEGOTIATED interview. If you listen closely enough you will hear THREE SEPARATE reasons throughout the interview, as to WHY Matthew Palmgren retained a team of Criminal Defense Attorney's and a Private Investigator (who frequently consults for Hoss and Davis- Matt Palmgren's attorney's).The interview should be used as evidence in a court of law...and I hope someday it will be.

August 19, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.
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