published Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Possible sightings of missing Signal Mountain mother reported, authorities say

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    Diane Nichols, the sister of missing Gail Palmgren, speaks at a press conference while Diane's husband, Dan, stands at her side, Tuesday afternoon at the Signal Mountain Community Center in Signal Mountain, Tenn. Nichols asked for cooperation in finding her the missing 44-year-old, and begged Gail to return to her family.
    Staff Photo by Jenna Walker/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Investigators into the disappearance of Signal Mountain mother Gail Palmgren said they have had reports of possible sightings of her in the tri-state area.

At a press conference held today, however, authorities have said that, while some “have been credible,” nothing has been “confirmed or substantiated.”

Law enforcement is treating the disappearance as a missing persons case at this point, officials said.

Janice Atkinson, spokeswoman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, said foul play "is always a possibility."

Palmgren disappeared on April 30 and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Palmgren's estranged husband, Matthew, and her sister, Diane Nichols, both spoke at the press conference.


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.

Directing a comment at her sister, Nichols said: "We love you, please come home."

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

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averys said...

This case has people all over the country, heck all over the world thanks to the internet, baffled and scratching their heads. It is astonishing how much community/police CANNOT be bothered to care. I watched today's "press conference" and it was a joke. I guess not all of tn is like parsons, tn, huh? I am glad I don't live in that town and fear for the safety of all that do, because if you go missing, I dont think anyone would care. I dont think the police would bother looking for you.

The police finally decided to hold this "press conference" because they have been getting heat from all over the country via the internet from angry people who couldn't believe that police/media/and communtiy were not doing more to help this poor family. It took people from everywhere, but the town gail lives in, to light a fire under law enforcements behinds and get them to give a press conference that was a whole lot of nothing. If Gail's family had not traveled all the way from ny and begged people from all over via the internet to help them, no one would be looking for gail at all.

May 17, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.
Macallanlover said...

I can see how you could feel that way averys, and there is a slight chance you may end up being right, but I feel the police are right to treat this in a low key manner based on the public information in this case. None of us readers know all the facts they have access to, but there is simply nothing to suggest foul play at this point. Strange behavior? Yes, but the given information points to her leaving the home of her own accord.

The Signal Mountain police have so little to do they bring 2-3 police cars to a routine traffic stop situation daily. If there was even a slight hint of an abduction you can bet they would be in front of the cameras non-stop. Maybe a 10% chance she is not home of her own will, but much more likely she has left the home for her own personal reasons due to domestic issues. She drove the children home and left them there voluntarily before leaving. That doesn't sound like a situation to cause police to treat this like a person that is in danger from someone else. Pursuing leads, putting out information; sounds like they are playing it right to me. Certainly the entire area is aware of the story and knows what she and the vehicle look like. Time will tell.

May 17, 2011 at 5:53 p.m.
averys said...

I see the family is having to conduct their own search on signal mountain since police cant be bothered to look. They are begging the community to come out and help them search. I predict a small turnout, just like we saw earlier this week when the family begged people to help them pass out flyers and the community was too selfish to get involved. They just want this to go away!

May 18, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
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