Matthew Palmgren on leave from BlueCross job, attorney says

Matthew Palmgren on leave from BlueCross job, attorney says

May 17th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Susie Button, who lives across the street from Gail Palmgren, holds up a flier next to a Rubicon Jeep model similar to Palmgren's. Button showed up at the Signal Mountain Walmart parking lot Monday to help distribute 10,000 fliers. Palmgren was last seen April 30. Staff Photo by Beth Burger/Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Gail Palmgren was last seen driving a crimson-red Rubicon Jeep with a back tire cover that says "Life is Good" in the shape of a daisy and a personalized Alabama tag reading, "EAZY ST." She is 5 feet 8, weighs 135 pounds and has blond hair and brown eyes. Anyone with any information can contact Signal Mountain Police Department at 423-886-2124.

Matthew Palmgren, the husband of a Signal Mountain woman who has been missing since April 30, has been put on administrative leave with pay by his employer, BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Palmgren's attorney said today.

Palmgren works as the director of pharmacy programs for BlueCross' government business and emerging markets business unit.

Attorney Bryan Hoss said Palmgren has been cooperating fully with the search for his wife, 44-year-old Gail Palmgren.

"I think that it's very important that this is being treated as a missing persons case," Hoss said.

Police have released no details about the search and no charges have been filed.

Matthew Palmgren told police that his wife left their children, ages 9 and 12, alone at their home at 40 Rockridge Drive on April 30. Her crimson-red Rubicon Jeep also was missing.

Two days later, at the urging Gail Palmgren's family, he filed a missing persons report with the Signal Mountain Police Department. The report came only days after police responded to arguments between the Palmgrens at their home on April 29 and April 22.

On May 6, Matthew Palmgren filed documents in Hamilton County Chancery Court, requesting a legal separation from his wife, asking for exclusive use of their home and temporary custody of the children. A chancellor is scheduled to rule on the motions.

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