Signal Mountain: Palmgren friend say she has images of couple arguing

Signal Mountain: Palmgren friend say she has images of couple arguing

June 29th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Gail Palmgren. Contributed Photo

Gail Palmgren. Contributed Photo

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has requested footage from a security system that a friend of Gail Palmgren has in her possession in Alabama.

Investigators contacted Arlene Durham this week to ask for the footage but have not heard back from Durham, said Janice Atkinson, public information officer for the sheriff's office.

Durham could not be reached for comment this afternoon. But she told Channel 3 WRCB that Gail Palmgren's husband, Matthew Palmgren, installed a high-tech security system at their lake house in Wetumpka, Ala., last spring.

Durham claims Gail Palmgren took the system's hard drive to a Best Buy store to try to retrieve erased data showing the couple arguing. She planned to use it as evidence in their divorce, Durham said. She said Gail Palmgren asked her to pick up the hard drive just before April 30, the last day Palmgren was seen.

"She told me not to give it to anyone but her," said Durham.

Durham said she notified investigators about the drive days after Gail Palmgren went missing, but they did not take an interest in it. Now they want her to turn it over, nearly two months later.

"There might be incriminating evidence on it," said Durham in the phone interview with Channel 3, "but everything I've told them they have blown off, until now."