Homicide Investigation Update

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

Update 9-12-19 : The human remains located during this search have been positively identified as belonging to 33 year old Heather Gumina Waters.

On Saturday, September 7, 2019 the missing person case of Heather Gumina transitioned into a homicide investigation.

On the evening of Sept 6th, Anthony Gumina was arrested on an outstanding no bail warrant for domestic violence. El Dorado County Detectives simultaneously conducted a search warrant in the Pleasant Valley area of El Dorado County.

During the search, detectives located what is believed to be the remains of Heather Gumina, Anthony Gumina’s wife, who was reported missing on July 19th.

Following the discovery, EDSO detectives arrested Anthony Gumina for homicide. At this time and in order to protect the integrity of this homicide investigation, no further information is being released.

Death in South Lake Tahoe

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On August 24, 2019, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a deceased man in the area of Sugar Pine Point in South Lake Tahoe. Mark Combs, a 64-year-old from El Dorado Hills, Ca, had been swimming as part of a local event, called out for help from the water. Rescue swimmers on personal watercraft responded to the location and retrieved Mark from underwater. Lifesaving attempts were made by emergency personal and Mark was later pronounced deceased.

An autopsy was completed and the findings of the preliminary autopsy was coronary artery atherosclerosis. No evidence of foul play was seen. Next of kin notifications have been completed.

Missing person’s vehicle located

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has located the black 2005 Infinity G35 that belongs to missing person Heather Gumina. The vehicle, which was found in El Dorado County, is being forensically processed for evidence. Heather Gumina’s current whereabouts are still unknown.


EDSO is still requesting any information or leads that can help locate Heather Gumina. Please contact dispatch at (530) 621-6600, Detective J. Sargent at (530) 642-4714 or message us with any new information.

No further information is being released at this time.