published Friday, May 20th, 2011

Palmgren search takes investigators to Alabama

IF YOU GO

• What: “A Gathering for Gail”

• When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Pruett’s Food Town parking lot, 1210 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain

• What: Search for Gail Palmgren

• When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Meet at Pruett’s Food Town, 1210 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain

• Bring: Four-wheelers, horses and bikes to reach places inaccessible by car


HOW TO HELP

Gail Palmgren is 5 feet 8 and weighs 135 pounds. She has blond hair and brown eyes. Anyone with any information about her whereabouts can contact Signal Mountain Police at 423-886-2124.

Authorities have received as many as 20 tips from people stating they have seen 44-year-old Gail Palmgren or her 2010 red Jeep Rubicon since she went missing April 30.

On Thursday, local authorities traveled to Elmore County, Ala., where she and her husband, Matthew, have a home on Lake Jordan.

Ricky Lowery, chief deputy with the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, said his agency has been called out to the residence twice since Gail Palmgren was reported missing.

“There’s no signs of anyone being there,” he said Thursday.

Deputies in Alabama were not called to the house before Gail Palmgren was reported missing and haven’t searched the area, Lowery said.

Signal Mountain police were called twice to the Palmgrens’ home in the two weeks before she disappeared. Matthew Palmgren since has filed court motions seeking a separation from his wife, exclusive use of the house and custody of their children. A ruling is expected on June 3.

Gail Palmgren’s friends are organizing a vigil and a search through a Facebook page.

A Saturday gathering is planned for participants to pray, share stories about the mother of two and organize for continued searches.

On Sunday afternoon, volunteers will comb Signal Mountain’s “bluffs and brows” for any sign of Gail Palmgren, according to the Facebook page.

Next weekend, the group plans to search the area around the Palmgrens’ lake house in Titus, Ala.

Staff writer Kate Harrison contributed to this story.

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