published Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Gail Palmgen's friends still looking for closure

  • Human remains found near Palmgren's Jeep
    Watch raw video of Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond during a news conference announcing the discovery of human remains believed to be Gail Palmgren. Palmgren, a Signal Mountain mother of two, went missing April 30. Her Jeep was discovered Thursday on Signal Mountain in the woods between East Brow Road and the W Road.
  • Gail Palmgren's Jeep found, no body inside
    The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol located Gail Palmgren's Jeep Rubicon on the side of Signal Mountain near the W Road on Thursday. There was no body inside the vehicle. Palmgren has been missing since April 30.

First news came of the red Jeep Rubicon being found.

The next day authorities said they located remains a couple hundred feet below the crash site.

And with it came the realization that Gail Palmgren would never be seen again driving the Jeep to her home in the St. Ives subdivision of Signal Mountain.

"I adore Gail," said Susie Button, who has lived across the street from the Palmgrens since they moved in three years ago. "She was such a sweet, kind, generous, honest person."

Button gathered with girlfriends at one of the neighborhood homes to watch news coverage and remember Gail. The subdivision's Christmas celebration has been canceled.

"We can't wait till they have a good look at the car to see if anything was mechanically wrong or if it was pushed over. I hate to think it was anything of her doing," Button said.

Gail Palmgren's husband, Matthew Palmgren, issued a family statement Friday through his attorney, Lee Davis.

"It appears that Gail Palmgren lost control of her Jeep on East Brow Road," the letter states.

Plans for a memorial service are under way, it states. In the meantime, Davis said the family is asking for privacy.

"We ask the community to give Matthew Palmgren and the Palmgren children the necessary space and time to deal with their loss and the proper respect for their family during this extremely difficult time."

Arlene Durham, a close friend of Gail Palmgren who lives in Wetumpka, Ala., still feels a lack of closure. She plans to travel to Signal Mountain today.

Durham said she hasn't rested well in the seven months since Palmgren disappeared. She looked continually for resources that would bring her friend home.

"It's been hard. It's been heavy on my heart. I knew in my heart last night," she said. "I'm glad the kids know their mom didn't leave them. The next question is what really happened."

Durham knew Palmgren was upset about something the day before she returned to Signal Mountain on April 30. She doesn't feel that would have caused her to wreck, though.

"I feel she was in a regular state of mind. She was upset, but not out of her mind," she said. "Why was she on that road? I don't think she did it on purpose. I believe it was an accident; either that, or someone bumped her."

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rolando said...

They won't be satisfied until Mr. Palmgren is arrested, tried, convicted, and hanged, with his kids drugged up and in foster homes.

December 3, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
sage1 said... are such an ass.....take your meds dude and take a nappy poo...

December 3, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
xsiveporsche said...

As much as I hate to say it I half agree with Rolando.It seems they hounded her husband and now that it appears to be an accident they are still trying to pin it on him or make people think he did it. If I was him I would sue Hamiltion Co over this. The police patrol that area many times a day and are suppose to look out for missing rock and marks that could show signs of an accident. Did they not bother to notice this orare they just that incompitent that it took them 7 months to find the jeep and her. As far as she was from the jeep, she could have been thrown. They say she was not wearing her sealtbelt but maybe she was and survived the accident but hurt badly. Took it off and tried to get help. There are alot of different possibilities and senareos that could have happened but with Hamiltion Co looking into it we will never know.

December 3, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
sage1 said...

No one knows what happened. We will probably never know. It could have been an accident and most likely was, possibly because of the distractions in her life. Someone tampering with her vehicle hoping for an “accident” somewhere, sometime, that played out far above their expectations is not an impossibility either, though it is a remote one. Her having driven off the road intentionally is also possible.

However, hypothetical speaking where a man or woman decides they no longer want to be married to the other, they should end the marriage in a non-cowardly way and be up front rather than to participate in an extramarital affair and then end the marriage. This rarely happens in today’s society. The act of one cheating on the other is cowardly betrayal at its utmost and causes much more pain and suffering than just ending the marriage. Cheating is the most selfish act one can commit on another supposed “loved one”. Can this lead to an unstable state of mind and to the indirect death of a spouse in one of the three scenarios above, or in severe cases, lead directly to murder committed by a jealous spouse?

This pain of a cheating spouse is intensified as the years go by after a number of years of marriage and children present in the family. It is a form of mental bullying and we all know that bullying can lead to the death of the one being bullied around, often by suicide. We have all read or heard of many instances of the youth of today being bullied mentally and physically to the point of suicide and charges being filed against the bullying participants. Is this scenario really that much different?

So, with that being said, are the actions of a cheating spouse physically and morally innocent of any part what so ever in the death of the non cheating spouse, even in an indirect manner?

My answer is NO.

December 3, 2011 at 8:57 p.m.
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