Gail Palmgren's Jeep found on Signal Mountain, no body found inside

Gail Palmgren's Jeep found on Signal Mountain, no body found inside

December 1st, 2011 by Kate Harrison Belz and Beth Burger in News

Law enforcement officials set up near 1419 East Brow Road on Signal Mountain today.

Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press.

ROAD CLOSED

The W Road will be closed to traffic from Mountain Creek Road to the top at East Brow until further notice, police report. Residents who live on the W Road will be requested to show identification before being allowed to continue to their homes.

Gail Palmgren. Contributed Photo

Gail Nowacki Palmgren's red Jeep Rubicon, with a flowered "Life is Good" spare tire cover that was last seen driving. The 44-year-old women has been missing since April 30, 2011.

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

Authorities are suspending the search for Gail Palmgren until tomorrow morning after the missing woman's Jeep was found today with no body inside, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said.

The Signal Mountain woman has been missing since April 30.

An air search conducted this morning by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol resulted in the discovery of the wrecked vehicle located between the East Brow on Signal Mountain and the W Road.

Cadaver dogs will be brought in tomorrow, said Hammond, although he added it's too early to speculate if Palmgren was in the car at the time it went over the ledge.

The car's Alabama plate reads, "EAZY ST" where her family has a lake house in Wetumpka. The vehicle was found in very heavy undergrowth and officials have yet to determine how to remove it.

"[The vehicle is in] very rugged terrain, deep piles of leave, it's tough to navigate," said Hammond.

Residents had noticed that one of the large rocks that was on the edge of the road was missing but they didn't connect to the missing woman.

Hammond said a second vehicle was also found nearby, but they do not believe it is related to the case.

Repellers used 600 foot ropes to get to the Jeep.

The Palmgren family was called and notified an hour into the search.

In a previous interview a few months ago, Hammond said aerial searches of the area probably would begin once the leaves fell off the trees.

Palmgren, a mother of two children, was last seen on April 30, dropping her children off at her home at 40 Ridgerock Drive on Signal Mountain.

Sheriff's office investigators have said there is no evidence of foul play in Palmgren's disappearance.

Matthew Palmgren, Palmgren's husband, consented to searches of the couple's Signal Mountain home, their Alabama lake house, his mother's apartment and a Red Bank storage unit, but he has not given a statement to authorities.

He also has placed the couple's Signal Mountain home on the market.

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