published Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Group spotlights Gail Palmgren case after Signal Mountain woman missing six months

Jennie Carroll, a neighbor of missing 43-year-old Gail Palmgren, places missing person fliers on auto windshields at the Walmart parking lot on Signal Mountain Road on Friday. Palmgren was last seen April 30. A rally is scheduled for Saturday to remember her and other missing people.
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Jennie Carroll, a neighbor of missing 43-year-old Gail Palmgren, places missing person fliers on auto windshields at the Walmart parking lot on Signal Mountain Road on Friday. Palmgren was last seen April 30. A rally is scheduled for Saturday to remember her and other missing people. Staff Photo by Beth Burger


What: A Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons rally that is part of the Road to Remember National Tour. The event will focus on missing Signal Mountain resident Gail Palmgren

When: 1 p.m. today * Where: Pruett's Parking Lot, 1210 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain

Goal: To raise awareness about the Palmgren case and those of other missing people


Gail Palmgren was last seen driving a crimson red 2010 Rubicon Jeep with a tailgate tire cover that reads "Life is Good," adorned with a daisy. She also had a personalized Alabama tag, "EAZY ST." Palmgren and her husband, Matt, owned a home near Titus, Ala., on Lake Jordan.

She is 5 feet 8, weighs 135 pounds and has blond hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 423-209-8940.

It's been nearly six months since anyone saw 43-year-old Gail Palmgren.

Palmgren, a mother of two children, was last seen dropping her children off at her home at 40 Ridgerock Drive on Signal Mountain.

Since then, neither she nor her crimson SUV have been found.

To bring awareness to her case, members of a national missing persons organization will host a rally as part of the Road to Remember Tour. Organization members visit cities where people have been reported missing. Palmgren's case will be in the spotlight here and featured in other cities on the tour.

"We want to keep her face and name alive out there so people will hopefully come forward. Someone in the community knows something," said Monica Caison, founder of Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons, which is based in Wilmington, N.C.

On Friday afternoon, Palmgren's friends and neighbors passed out fliers in restaurants, neighborhoods and parking lots.

"I was just getting to know her," said Jennie Carroll, a neighbor. "We would go walking and we would do lunches. I miss her. When I pass out fliers, most people are like, 'I can't believe she's still missing.'"

Arlene Durham, who has a home near the Palmgrens' Alabama house on Lake Jordan, said she feels her friend is dead.

"I've felt that for months. I don't feel like she would have been away this long from her kids and be gone without contacting somebody," Durham said. "I want more media. That's what I'm hoping for. I feel like as long as we keep it in the media and as long as we have people [like Caison] coming here, it will stay out there."

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigators said there is no evidence of foul play in Palmgren's disappearance.

Matthew Palmgren, Palmgren's husband, has consented to searches of the couple's Signal Mountain home, their Alabama lake house, his mother's apartment and a Red Bank storage unit, but he has not given a statement to authorities.

He has placed the couple's Signal Mountain home on the market for $669,000.

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rolando said...

I think she is in Belize with her filthy-rich lover, enjoying life to its fullest -- sans husband, sans rug-rats, sans the humdrum life. She is an attractive woman in the prime of life...and reveling in it.

I think she saw the golden ring, caught it...and ran with it. And never looked back.

Good for her.

October 22, 2011 at 7:26 a.m.
Momus said...

I agree with Rolando.

October 22, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.
potcat said...

Both of you are, i know being sarcastic, anyway i sure hope so, if not you are as dumb as a sack of rocks and have the feelings of John Gacy.

October 22, 2011 at 2:18 p.m.
rolando said...

You appear the same from our viewpoint, potcat. You refuse to consider alternatives beyond your provincial viewpoint.

My version [or "ours", perhaps] is much more probable among the Signal Mountain dwelling elite. Now if it was in downtown Chattanooga...

October 22, 2011 at 7:39 p.m.

rolando and Momus, you are both very ignorant and mean. This is the mother of two children, and these children could easily read your stupid UGLY comments. Or worse children from the neighbourhood or school could see your pathetic comments and tease these poor children. Have they not been through enough already losing their mother? But a pair of stupid dumba$$es like you adding to it helps nobody. I hope and Pray that you never have to go through the loss of a loved one and especially in such horrible and mysterious cicumstances. Of course one could assume that your comments are because you are involved and using an alias on here to cover your true identity. In which case I cannot wait to see you caught and make you eat those words.

October 22, 2011 at 7:43 p.m.
McRand said...

For the lady putting fliers on the windshields of cars. A quote from Groucho Marx, "Though your intentions may be good, let one thing be understood, whatever it is I'm against it". Keep you hands off of my vehicle. That is called tampering with a motor vehicle, which is illegal. I don't need my wipers messed up causing my windshield to scratch. I don't need someones zippers scratching my paint finish. Pass your papers out by hand. In your concern for Mrs Palmgren, which I think is a fine thing, don't disrespect other peoples property.

Thank you much.

October 22, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.
MarshaA said...

Rolando is simply a troll who posts ridiculous things on a variety of news stories to upset people. He used to try to come up with quote-unquote legitimate arguments for why he felt Gail Palmgren ran away, but now as you can see, he just makes stuff up.

McRand, I've always wished I had the kind of life where I could get righteously indignant about such silly, mundane things. I can't imagine the kind of privilege and soft life you must have lived to think a hypothetical bend in your windshield wiper -- something that DIDN'T EVEN HAPPEN TO YOU -- is so important that you must publicly insult people who are trying to find a woman who has disappeared without a trace. I genuinely hope for your sake that you are a troll, too.

October 23, 2011 at 1:58 a.m.
McRand said...

Well, miss MarshaA, my folks taught us six kids to keep our hands off of other peoples property. I would have to figure that that DIDN'T EVEN HAPPEN TO YOU. The principle still remains. Maybe you've still got enough time to learn that. I do not want anybody putting anything on my car, and I'm sure there are plenty who feel the same way. Our vehicles are our property, and therefore our right to desire people to keep their hands off of them. Who do you or anybody else think that they are to take such liberties?

October 23, 2011 at 2:51 a.m.
jesse said...

i could go along w/rolando except for one thing. where's her car? after this long if she is alive that jeep should have turned up!

October 23, 2011 at 3:53 a.m.
rolando said...

Agreed, jesse. That is a sticky issue.

Reaching a bit [and imagining her wanting a complete break from her possibly mentally-disturbed past] she could have sold it out of state or out of country just to erase all tracks. I haven't seen anything about tracing the VIN...or running a track of her GPS [if she had one].

But there is that angle.

October 23, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
rolando said...

...[if] you are involved...

Well, English, they know how to find me if that's the case [which it isn't]. I'm right here in town.

I will reiterate...the police investigators found absolutely no evidence of any crime being committed.

If there was, be assured they would have been all over Mr Palmgren. After all, roughly 75% of all homicides are committed by husbands and ex-husbands...and he was soon to be one of the latter. So he was initially a prime suspect in the investigation.

October 23, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
rolando said...

Miss Marsha -- my intent in posting on this forum is rather simple and is to open people's minds to things other than their meager existence; to get them thinking about things other than "reality shows" -- which are neither reality nor a show -- or the inane Dancing with The Stars pablum.

Possibilities abound on this and other issues. As to "making up stories", exactly what do you think goes on during an investigation? Do you think taking items of evidence and building a scenario of possibilities based upon them is drawn from some TV show or a script, perhaps? As the lady said, Not bloody likely.

With that, I hope you enjoy today's soap opera and feel deeply about the poor prostitute trying to reform against all odds; the personal trainer's confusion over his homosexuality; or whatever is going out over the cable this week.

Have a nice day.

October 23, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.
Dreamcatcher said...

rolando, you get me sick!

October 23, 2011 at 8:46 p.m.

Trust me Rolando, we have tried to trace her Jeep. There was no GPS or L0-Jack on it. And her VIN has not turned anything up either and the Police have a national alert out for it. Her husband managed to dispose of it somehow (chop shop, storage unit or River etc.) As for being prime suspect you can bet your a$$ that he still is. Why else would the Police still be searching if they agreed with your theory. They are doing searches and still looking for her and now working in cooperation with the C.U.E. group, but until some evidence or a witness turns up they have to avoid premature accusations and will not name him a suspect until they can confirma a crime. Certainly does not mean there was not one, just lack of evidence at them moment. But trust me they WILL get their man, just have to be patient. Some times these cases take years and you are right with the statistics, more often than not it is a family member, and not the butler, that did it.

October 24, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.
maryjanicep said...

Any man that will have an affair can end up being one to murder his wife. Morals are not always pick & choose. When people allow evil in their lives, it changes them and the way they think even though most don't believe it or understand.

October 27, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.
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