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Missing woman's friends: "We are the only ones looking"

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SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Signal Mountain mother of two, Gail Palmgren, has been missing for two and a half weeks.

Palmgren's family says they're getting little cooperation from police. They organized a search party at the Walmart at the foot of Signal Mountain Monday.

"The more people you hit, the better your chances are," said Gail Palmgren's friend, Maria Gallivan, placing a flyer on a car parked outside Walmart.

Friends from as far as New York are teaming up with local people who don't know Gail Palmgren, but saw her story on Channel 3.

The group spent Monday handing out 10,000 flyers and wondering why Gail's husband, Matthew, hasn't offered to lend a hand.

"It seems like we are the only ones doing anything to help," said Gallivan, who flew from New York to help find Gail, "I hear from Matt briefly, but I don't know what he is doing, if he is doing something, we don't know what it is he is doing because it's not being shared."

Channel 3 visited the Palmgren's address again Monday. Matthew Palmgren was not home.

His attorney, Bryan Hoss, tells Channel 3 Matthew Palmgren has hired a private investigator to look for Gail, and is busy taking care of the couple's children.

One week after Gail went missing, Matthew Palmgren filed a restraining order against her and filed a motion for custody of their two kids.

Gail's family is choosing to focus only on the search, and not on the legal process.

"It's such a vast area with the woods, the mountains, the rivers and the lakes," said Dan Nichols, who is married to Gail Palmgren's sister, "you don't know where to turn."

A Jeep Rubicon, identical to the one Gail Palmgren was seen last driving, was parked at Walmart Monday to show volunteers what to look for.

"If you look at 25 or 30 vehicles going down the road, you are going to see one of these," said Steve Lyner, with a local dealership who donated the car for the afternoon.

Volunteers agree, a break in the case will come when Gail's vehicle is located. Her family says they can't do it alone.

"I know she's out there somewhere," said Nichols, "we'll get her home."

"Right now we just want to find Gail and right now a collaborative effort would be nice," said Gallivan.


Matthew Palmgren's attorney confirms he has been placed on administrative leave from his job at Blue Cross, Blue Shield in connection to his wife's disappearance.

Matthew Palmgren has not been charged with a crime, or named as a suspect.

Signal Mountain Police Chief Boyd Veal, who has refused to comment on the case, says there could be new information released this week.


Signal Mountain residents are using facebook to organize search parties. They plan to continue handing out flyers all over the Tennessee Valley and are asking for volunteers to help.

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