SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - In a Walmart parking lot, eight miles from where Gail Nowacki Palmgren was last seen, her siblings launched the search for their sister.
"I know she's going through a lot, she just missed Mother's Day, and it hurts," said Florida resident, Kevin Nowacki, "I need her back."
"If you're out there, please notify us, we just miss you," pleaded Gail's sister, Diane Nichols, in an interview with Channel 3 in May. Nichols traveled from New York to hand out flyers.
Gail had been missing for a week when her disappearance made local headlines, and speculation swirled inside the signal mountain police department.
"I hadn't heard anything about it and I figured if someone had gone missing on Signal Mountain it would have been pretty high news," said Clive Bonnick.
Clive Bonnick, a resident of Signal Mountain, doesn't know Gail Palmgren, but her story gripped him.
"The story was still not really getting out, so I decided they needed someone here to promote the case and spread the word," said Bonnick.
He printed t-shirts, organized prayer vigils and searches. It appeared to Gail's friends her husband, Matthew Palmgren, had moved on.
"It seems like we are the only ones doing anything to help," family friend Maria Gallivan told Channel 3 in May, "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, because it's not being shared."
Matthew Palmgren went public 19 days after his wife went missing. He made a brief statement in a press conference called by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to announce it was joining the search.
"Gail, if you hear us please come forward, Jarret and Lori love you," said Palmgren from the podium, choking up, "please, please show yourself soon."
He stuck close to his attorneys, refusing to field any questions from the media, and has since.
It wasn't until court documents were filed in Hamilton County Chancery Court, we learned of the trouble in the Palmgren marriage.
The family moved to Signal Mountain in 2009, when Matthew Palmgren took a job at Blue Cross, Blue Shied as pharmacy director.
It's there he met Tammy Helton, and friends say Gail suspected an affair.
Signal Mountain Police were called to the Palmgren home on three separate occasions.
On November 17th the couple argued over their missing dog. Gail told her friends her husband broke down a door.
Months later, the two argued over who would drive their Jeep. Then one week later, an officer gave Gail phone numbers for "a safe place to stay".
Instead, she took the couple's two kids, ages nine and twelve, to the family's lake home in Wetumpka, Alabama.
"They were going to tell the kids they were going to get separated," explained Arlene Durham, who lives next door to one of the Palmgren's lake homes and calls Gail Palmgren her best friend.
But the next morning, after speaking to her husband, Gail abruptly decided to make the four hour drive home.
Gail's sister, Diane Nichols, says she called and begged her to call police. but when officers called Gail, she said she was fine.
Matthew Palmgren says his wife returned home that morning, leaving her children home alone.
Susie Button, who lives across the street from the family's Signal Mountain home, may have been the last to see Gail.
"I saw her leaving around 12:15, and I ran up the hill to say hi, because I knew she'd been upset for quite a while, things have been going on at the house," Button explained, "and she just drove away, she never even acknowledge me."
A Marion County woman says she saw Gail driving her maroon Jeep Rubicon on the trails near insurance rock that evening, but police say there is no evidence to support the tip.
They also say Matthew Palmgren and his attorneys, Lee Davis and Bryan Hoss, have been cooperative.
"If there was credible evidence to show us that we would focus on criminal activity here, perhaps we would have moved a quicker on some of these things," said Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond.