published Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Investigators search Palmgrens' Alabama properties

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    Missing person fliers were made for Gail Nowacki Palmgren, who has been missing since April 30. Staff File Photo

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigators are searching the last of five properties shared by a missing woman and her husband.

Gail Palmgren, 44, has been missing since April 30. No one has heard from her. She was last seen by her two children after she dropped them off at the couple's Signal Mountain home.

Palmgren and her husband, Matthew, share a lake house in Wetumpka, Ala., where investigators are searching. There is an additional vacant A-frame home that is being searched on Lake Jordan in Alabama.

"The search of the Palmgren vacation home has been at a time convenient to the investigators in charge. Matthew Palmgren continues to assist in this investigation and had done so since May," said Lee Davis, Matthew Palmgren's attorney.

Arlene Durham, a close friend of Gail Palmgren's who lives near the A-frame property, said Matthew Palmgren recently placed a "For Rent" sign in the window of the lake property.

After the last of the property searches have been completed, five months after Gail Palmgren's disappearance, Sheriff Jim Hammond said that investigators may consider doing another aerial search around Signal Mountain.

"I'm still of the opinion when the leaves drop, we'll be able to see more," he said.

In June, investigators searched the couple's Signal Mountain residence, which is now listed for sale at $669,000. Authorities also have checked a storage unit in Red Bank as well as a Matthew Palmgren's mother's home.

The consent order was drafted this spring in conjunction with Matthew Palmgren's attorneys, Davis and Bryan Hoss, the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office and the sheriff's office.

Investigators were unable to search the properties sooner because authorities say there is no evidence of a crime committed, which is required to secure a search warrant.

Parameters included in the drafted consent order include the presence of a private investigator hired by Matthew Palmgren. Documents that investigators wish to take must be copied by the attorneys, and testing of trace evidence is allowed as long as there is no property damage, according to the order.

To date, neither Matthew Palmgren nor his children have given formal statements to investigators.

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jburney said...

Since most people don't go missing, it would seem logical to me that something must be amiss. Having the laws set up this way is ridiculous for situations like this. This women deserves a more prompt investigation. What if she is being held prisoner somewhere? It happened to Elizabeth Smart and jaycee Dugard so who is to say it didn't happen to her. And if she just left, that needs to be known too, so legally her family would know what to do.

September 28, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
dragonagerogue said...

FINALLY!! you are only about 4 1/2 months behind schedule and you can pass the blame on whatever you want, but everyone knows the truth. First, she did not get a prompt investigation because she is not a local. Second, every investigation, and I mean EVERY investigation moves slower when it involves a white collar family that "appears" to have the perfect, 669,000 dollar family, and lets be frank when it comes to signal and lookout mountain isn't appearance everything??

September 28, 2011 at 10:58 a.m.
rolando said...

It is not illegal to run off or "disappear".

On what legal grounds should any investigation proceed?

The police can only do so much legally. Let me repeat that -- legally. They can do little else without evidence of wrongdoing.

What more would you have them do?

Indications [or lack of them] are, she made her break and is starting over somewhere. Get over it.

September 28, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
EagleEye69 said...

It would be nice if folks actually understood the law before they post, I dont know Rolando but he is right, Like it or not thats the law. If you want to change it you would have to go all the way to the US Supreme Court after you had ammended the US Constitution.

November 23, 2011 at 8:11 p.m.
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