Investigators search Palmgrens' Alabama properties

Investigators search Palmgrens' Alabama properties

September 28th, 2011 by Beth Burger in News

Missing person fliers were made for Gail Nowacki Palmgren, who has been missing since April 30. Staff File Photo

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigators are searching the last of five properties shared by a missing woman and her husband.

Gail Palmgren, 44, has been missing since April 30. No one has heard from her. She was last seen by her two children after she dropped them off at the couple's Signal Mountain home.

Palmgren and her husband, Matthew, share a lake house in Wetumpka, Ala., where investigators are searching. There is an additional vacant A-frame home that is being searched on Lake Jordan in Alabama.

"The search of the Palmgren vacation home has been at a time convenient to the investigators in charge. Matthew Palmgren continues to assist in this investigation and had done so since May," said Lee Davis, Matthew Palmgren's attorney.

Arlene Durham, a close friend of Gail Palmgren's who lives near the A-frame property, said Matthew Palmgren recently placed a "For Rent" sign in the window of the lake property.

After the last of the property searches have been completed, five months after Gail Palmgren's disappearance, Sheriff Jim Hammond said that investigators may consider doing another aerial search around Signal Mountain.

"I'm still of the opinion when the leaves drop, we'll be able to see more," he said.

In June, investigators searched the couple's Signal Mountain residence, which is now listed for sale at $669,000. Authorities also have checked a storage unit in Red Bank as well as a Matthew Palmgren's mother's home.

The consent order was drafted this spring in conjunction with Matthew Palmgren's attorneys, Davis and Bryan Hoss, the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office and the sheriff's office.

Investigators were unable to search the properties sooner because authorities say there is no evidence of a crime committed, which is required to secure a search warrant.

Parameters included in the drafted consent order include the presence of a private investigator hired by Matthew Palmgren. Documents that investigators wish to take must be copied by the attorneys, and testing of trace evidence is allowed as long as there is no property damage, according to the order.

To date, neither Matthew Palmgren nor his children have given formal statements to investigators.

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