Missing Signal Mountain woman's husband dismisses custody motions

Missing Signal Mountain woman's husband dismisses custody motions

June 1st, 2011 by Beth Burger in Local - Breaking News

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/Times Free Press.

The husband of a missing Signal Mountain woman filed court papers Wednesday to dismiss his attempt to legally separate from his wife.

Matthew Palmgren also dismissed motions seeking temporary custody of their two children and exclusive use of their Signal Mountain home, according to Hamilton County Chancery Court documents.

No one has seen or heard from Palmgren's wife, 44-year-old Gail Nowacki Palmgren, since April 30. Matthew Palmgren, 40, filed the motions in court May 6.

"The case can be refiled at pretty much any point in the future," said Bryan Hoss, attorney for Matthew Palmgren. "Nobody loses anything because it's voluntary."

Hoss said the motions were necessary initially because his client wanted to make sure the children, ages 9 and 12, completed their school year.

"The fear before was she could appear and take the kids out of school," Hoss said. "If and when she does reappear, it's one of those things we can refile and get in front of the same judge rather quickly."