Authorities hope to remove Jeep, Palmgren remains off Signal Mountain on Saturday

Authorities hope to remove Jeep, Palmgren remains off Signal Mountain on Saturday

December 2nd, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

An aerial photograph, distributed by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, shows the crimson Jeep Rubicon belonging to Gail Palmgren. The Jeep and the human remains believed to be those of Palmgren were discovered Thursday on Signal Mountain.

An aerial photograph, distributed by the Hamilton County...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Authorities are hoping to get the remains of Gail Palmgren and her vehicle off the side of Signal Mountain Saturday because several days of rain are expected to start Sunday.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said today that, while he can't be completely sure the body is Palmgren's until a physical examination can be made, he is "98 percent" sure it's her.

He said the sheriff's office is working with the U.S. Army to get a helicopter that can airlift Palmgren's crimson Jeep Rubicon and off the mountain. Her remains will be taken out by hand, officials said.

Five female members from the University of Tennessee's Anthropological Research Facility were on the scene today, gathering evidence, Hammond said.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.