Saturday, June 11, 2011

Gail Nowacki Palmgren: Follow the Money Trail

The case of Gail Nowacki Palmgren, 44, and the mother of two children who went missing from Signal Mountain, TN on April 30, 2011, is still without answers as to her possible location. Her case continues to be categorized by law enforcement as a “missing person’s case.” This is disturbing to me when you factor the events or “pattern of conduct” prior to April 30, 2011.

First and foremost, it is important to note, Gail Palmgren is not here to defend herself. When her husband painted a picture of a wife and the mother of his children as having serious mental health issues and taking prescription drugs, he was using the same offender playbook as Drew Peterson did when Stacy Peterson vanished on October 28, 2007. This speaks volumes to the actions and statements of a boyfriend, spouse, or former lover in all intimate partner violence and potential homicide cases.

The husband, Matt Palmgren, worked for Blue/Cross Blue/Shield as the director of pharmacy programs. He was having an affair with a woman who also was employed at the company as a director of governmental product development by the name of Tammy Helton.

Blue/Cross Blue/Shield has since terminated both Helton and Palmgren. I found it odd that the girlfriend has consulted with a criminal lawyer. I can’t recall anyone, so early in a case doing this before, just because they were having an affair. In my opinion, it sends up a red flag. Hopefully the powers that be within the company have taken their computers and are holding them waiting until police come with a search warrant to retrieve conversations and perhaps information that could be important in the disappearance of Gail Nowacki Palmgren. This also should apply to cell phones and any other electronic equipment that was turned in to the company after termination. Expenses, receipts for gas, car or truck rental, and possible toll booths they could have used from the beginning of March thru May 3rd need to be captured. If they had company cars was there a GPS system on the car?

The police department in Signal Mountain, TN, should consider bringing in a more experienced team within the State to help them with this case. Time and potential evidence are all but vanishing. In cases of “intimate partner missing” you have to set aside professional egos. If Gail was in continuous contact with detectives by cell phone as she returned from the cabin in Alabama, why didn’t they meet her at the house? Why did detectives believe it was important to provide Gail with numbers to a shelter if they did not feel she was in danger? Gail allegedly reported to detectives from her cell phone on the road with the kids still in the car that she was scared and being followed.

When she dropped off the kids at home the husband was suppose to be there waiting for them. That did not happen. So she allegedly makes the appropriate call and leaves the home knowing an adult will be with them within a few minutes. But, with whom does she leave when she returns to her jeep? Is the person in the back seat of the jeep? Is it possible that someone is in the home waiting at the time she drops off the kids? Is she threatened?

When the neighbor tries to see how Gail is doing, she speeds off quickly. Was someone in the vehicle with her?

Detectives knew she was in fear, why didn’t they do a wellness check on her, or ask that she meet with them at the station or another location? Clearly someone dropped the ball.

The fact that the private investigator hired by Palmgren is a former law enforcement officer from Signal Mountain adds up to, in my opinion, smoke and mirrors for this case.

This is about money. If you follow the money and property at stake, the affair, in my expert opinion, you have motive.

So far the only ones acting responsibility have been Blue/Cross and Blue/Shield. Perhaps they would consider offering a reward for, what I feel is an individual and family member, if you will, of a company that insures millions of lives across America.To offer a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible is important.

Law Enforcement needs to obtain a court order and go through 60 days prior from the date Gail vanished of cells phone records, including work and the kid’s phones. This also should include anything that could have been accessed during while they were employed at BlueCross and Blue Shield. Go to the post office and check the change of address done on April 30, 2011. Interview the private investigator hired by Gail.

A high powered executive’s wife from a fortune 500 company has vanished. Time’s Up!

Description of Gail’s Jeep

Gail drove a four-door maroon 2010 Rubicon Jeep Wrangler with a black soft top. The wheel cover on the back has the words “Life is Good” and a daisy painted on it. The trailer hitch has a picture of the Disney character Goofy on it, and the Jeep has Alabama tags that read “EAZY ST”.

Gail is 5’8” and weighs 135 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information about Gail’s disappearance or her whereabouts you are asked to call the Signal Mountain Police Department at 423-886-2123.

A Facebook page, "Bring Gail Home Now" has been created as a support for family and for news updates.

If you are in a relationship that has a history of violence, simply mustering up the courage to confront the person and say it is over, without the proper tools, can cost you, your life!

The book "Time's Up A Guide on How To Survive and Abusive and Stalking Relationship" is the prescription that every person must obtain before they announce they are leaving. Below is an example from Chapter 4, one of many unique tools provided in the book. It is available on, or you can purchase via e-book or on a CD. If you have questions, the email address is:

Before you decide that you have had enough and are ending the relationship, create the "Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit" and video (shown below).

If you do nothing else, please take one important step that if something does happen to you, if you do vanish like Stacy Peterson, Vensus Stewart, Rachel Anderson, Susan Powell, Lisa Stebic,Kelly Rothwell or are found murdered like Monica Beresford-Redmond, Franki Jacobson, Renee Pagel,Summer Inman, and others where the person responsible has gotten away with murder, that your voice and record of the abuse will be captured and recorded. Do it for you friends, family and loved ones. Do it for your children. Do it for you!

Susan is the author of "Time's Up A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships," available for purchase at the Institute, and wherever books are sold. Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time's Up!" on Here Women Talk is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated The Roth Show with Dr Laurie Roth. Susan is a survivor- the daughter of a police officer family intimate partner homicide by her father who murdered her mother before committing suicide.

Susan Murphy Milano is with the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She is an expert on intimate partner violence and homicide crimes. For more information visit She is also in partnership with Pamela Chapman and iAscend Programs.

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