published Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Police searching for missing Signal woman


by J. Todd Foster
Glenn Baird, a resident of Signal Mountain, talks to Arlene Durham after she gave him a missing person flier Friday at Holcomb Garden Center. Durham's friend Gail Nowacki Palmgren has been missing since April 30.  She was last seen in her crimson red Rubicon Jeep which has a tire cover with a flower on it and a Goofy reese hitch cover.
Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Glenn Baird, a resident of Signal Mountain, talks to Arlene Durham after she gave him a missing person flier Friday at Holcomb Garden Center. Durham's friend Gail Nowacki Palmgren has been missing since April 30. She was last seen in her crimson red Rubicon Jeep which has a tire cover with a flower on it and a Goofy reese hitch cover. Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Signal Mountain police are searching for a mother who has been missing since April 30.

Gail Nowacki Palmgren, 44, who lives in the affluent St. Ives subdivision on Ridgerock Drive, has not been seen since driving away from her home in her four-door, dark-red Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

Family friend Arlene Durham said Palmgren is a devoted mother of two children, a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.

“I think she’s so scared right now she doesn’t know what to do,” said Durham, who lives on Lake Jordan, Ala., and has been in Signal Mountain all week searching for Palmgren. “If she’s not hiding, then something happened to her. You don’t just up and leave. She’s not that type of person.”

Palmgren, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., moved to Signal Mountain in 2009 from Louisville, Ky., with her children and husband, Matt, director of pharmacy programs for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s government business and emerging markets business unit.

Matt Palmgren said in a telephone interview Friday that his wife has disappeared before.

“We’re very upset,” Matt Palmgren said. “She’s had psychiatric issues in the past. ... Usually she just goes somewhere and decompresses but stays in contact with the kids.”

Durham, one of Gail Palmgren’s relatives and the police detective heading the investigation, strongly dismissed questions about Gail Palmgren’s mental state.

“If she has psychiatric issues, then I’m the queen of England,” Durham said. “Ask anyone: Gail is smart and has a good head on her shoulders.”

Signal Mountain police Detective James Tizzio said his investigation had uncovered no psychiatric issues with the missing woman.

Matt Palmgren reported his wife missing Monday, two days after she was last seen. Asked whether it was unusual for someone to wait 48 hours to notify police, Tizzio said it depends.

“If it was my wife, if it was me, hopefully I’d have called sooner,” he said.

Like her husband, Gail Palmgren has a doctor of pharmacy degree, although she had not worked in about a year, said Durham and Dan Nichols, the husband of Gail Palmgren’s sister, Diane.

“She’s a professional, a doctor,” Nichols said. “Both of them are very sharp.”

Matt Palmgren said his wife returned with the children and the family’s dogs early April 30 from the family’s lake house, about 20 miles north of Montgomery, Ala. He said he did not know how long she had been there and that she dropped the children off with no one home at about noon.

“You can imagine what a difficult time it is for me and the kids right now,” he said.

Durham said Gail Palmgren made an unexpected trip to Alabama on April 29. Police agencies in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee have been notified, Tizzio said.

Gail Palmgren is 5 feet 8, 135 pounds and has blond hair and brown eyes. Her Jeep has a black soft top and a personalized Alabama tag, EAZY ST.

“We need to find her,” said Gail Palmgren’s brother, Kevin Nowacki, of Palm Beach, Fla. “If you find her, just call police.”

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chioK_V said...

@“I think she’s so scared right now she doesn’t know what to do,” said Durham,

Should we take the above as meaning Mrs. Palmgren is running from something? She's scared? Scared of what? It would help to know if she's missing by choice or some other possibility.

May 7, 2011 at 3:57 p.m.
ATRUEFRIEND said...

I am praying it is by choice and not the other.

May 7, 2011 at 11:58 p.m.
chet123 said...

Keep your eye on Matt the husband...If what Matt said is true...what kind of man would allow his wife to up and leave with children that need parent attention..What kind of marriage is that??? better keep an eye on husband....i smell a rat....we dont need the velvet hammer here! keep an eye on him

May 10, 2011 at 9:07 a.m.
chioK_V said...

chet123 that was the first thing that came to my mind.

May 10, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.
HannaBeckman said...

A devoted mother ??? She is a worthless piece of trash, leaving kids alone is I think a 4th degree felony. Toss the book at this moron, and you ""Chattanooga cry babies"", quit feeling sorry for jerks like this!!! What the hell is wrong with you people that fall for these types!!! Because she is a female???I hate bitches like this!!!

May 11, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
chet123 said...

another hater lol lol...

May 11, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
chet123 said...

time will tell..hope news-free press keep records on these comments...will be interesting in seeing our initial comments

May 11, 2011 at 10:49 a.m.

1.How well did she get along with her husband ?

2.Could this have been the resaon why she left the home ?

3.Why was she not on med's if she had some psychiatric issues ?

Hmmm.......something to think about and ponder.

May 11, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
chet123 said...

velvet hammer in action

May 11, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
Momus said...

Signal Mtn? Must be drug related.

May 11, 2011 at 10:50 p.m.
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