published Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Missing woman’s husband wants custody hearing today

Attorneys for the husband of a missing Signal Mountain woman are asking that a chancellor hear a case involving the custody of the couple’s two children today rather than on July 11.

Diane Nichols and Kevin Nowacki, siblings of 44-year-old Gail Palmgren, filed documents in Hamilton County Chancery Court asking that a legal guardian be appointed for the two children belonging to Matthew and Gail Palmgren.

Bryan Hoss, a defense attorney who represents Palmgren, would not state why they want the date moved to today.

“I’m not going into the reasons,” he said.

A chancellor must review whether the hearing date will be changed, and it was unclear Tuesday night if that would actually happen today.

Nichols, who learned about the request to change the court date Tuesday evening, said they “aren’t happy about the situation.”

“My brother and I feel like we have to protect my sister’s interests. That includes her assets and the children.”

She said she had planned to be in Chattanooga on July 11 for the scheduled date.

Gail Palmgren was last seen April 30. No one has heard from her since. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating her disappearance.

The order filed by Nichols and Nowacki asks that the children not be taken out of state or more than 100 miles from their Signal Mountain home and that a guardian other than Matthew Palmgren be appointed.

The order also asks that the children get visitation with Gail Palmgren’s family members.

According to neighbors, the children have been kept isolated and under close supervision.

Nichols said she has only been able to see them a few times. She has emailed the children, she said.

“I just wish I could talk to them more freely,” she said.

Matthew Palmgren recently reached an agreement with investigators to have the couple’s properties searched for evidence that might lead them to her.

Shortly after Gail Palmgren went missing, he filed for a legal separation, custody of the children and exclusive use of the couple’s home. He later withdrew the motions on June 1.

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bpqd said...

30 days hath September, April, June and November.

A hearing on July 11 would be more than 30 days after the woman's disappearance. Some attorney somewhere can probably figure out how a 30 day time limit is significant. It's probably a deadline for when something can or cannot happen thereafter.

How about some nonstop wife finding instead of daily suing?

June 29, 2011 at 12:20 a.m.
rolando said...

“My brother and I feel like we have to protect my sister’s interests. That includes her assets and the children.”

Ah. There is the real reason for the siblings' "concern". Follow the money...they smell cash and to H with the kids' welfare. God help them if they are awarded custody. They will end up in The Tower.

June 29, 2011 at 6:53 a.m.
Momus said...


June 29, 2011 at 7:01 a.m.
VoiceOfTruth said...

Rolando - every time you respond to an article regarding Gail you are only exposing your stupidity and ignornance more to the readers. You need to shut up while most of us are still feeling sorry for your lack of sensitivity and intelligence. Keep it up and we'll all realize you really are just a big red-neck butthole.

June 29, 2011 at 8:09 a.m.
spoiledbrat22ga said...

My concern is why is the husband wanting to dispose of her stuff already and no one even knows what happen to her. I believe in my heart the husband has something to do with her disappearance. He is so cold hearted and doesn't show any remorse or sympathy. The story itself is strange to me. But I agree with the brother and sister something needs to b done he doesn't need to have custody of those kids at this moment. Sounds to me like he is wanting to flee with them. If that were my wife missing I would be doing everything I could to find her...not being worried about disposing of her stuff or taken over the house..that would be the fatherst thing from my mind.

June 29, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.
chet123 said...

VoiceofTruth cant make sense with this fool..i have met people like him before...not so bad in person..wouldnt last a week in jail...he would get raped... this is Rolando true character...he has no feeling for the Mother...I knew Rolando would take side with the suspect..He has no feeling for the woman or any woman....Maybe he hated his mother...There are about three other fools on here with same disposition. Look for this fool on TV news as a serial KILLER of women one day.

June 29, 2011 at 8:48 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

LOL! I'm still LOL over that, voiceoftruth...and way to go chet123!

AMEN! and again I SAY AMEN!!!

Ya'll hit the nail on the head with that comment! Although rolando probably thinks you don't mean him but another rolando...

June 29, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.

LMFAO CHET !!! That's the probably the best post I've ever seen from you! I believe Rolando may "sympathize" with with this guy -- maybe he's a secret cheater.

This guy gives me the creeps. He looks like a harmless nerd but something isn't right. With the domestic disturbance calls and the way she left things with relatives and friends before she disappeared it kind of indicates that she knew something was going to happen to her. I hope the truth comes to light.

June 29, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
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