The husband of missing California mom Heather Gumina has told DailyMailTV he has nothing to do with her disappearance – despite the pair having a furious bust-up on the day she vanished and the police spending 30 hours searching his home.
The mother-of-three, 33, was reported missing on July 16 from her Pleasant Valley home by her mother Joanna Russell, 51, and has not been seen since.
On August 9, her distinctive black and pink 2005 Infiniti G45 car was found by police.
Police would not disclose exactly where the car was found but a local source claimed the vehicle was discovered on the remote Mormon Emigrant Trail close to a ravine. The vehicle is currently undergoing forensic testing.
Her three children, a 14-year-old daughter and sons aged four and 13, have been looked after by relatives since their mother vanished.
Anthony Gumina (pictured in Placerville, California) 44, has denied being involved in the disappearance of his wife of five months, Heather, who vanished on July 16
Anthony and Heather married on March 18 this year. Records show he filed a restraining order against his wife a week after she disappeared
Sgt Anthony Prencipe, of El Dorado County Sheriff, said police have spoken to Anthony Gumina ‘several times’ about the disappearance of his wife.
The carpet fitter insisted to DailyMailTV that he has been out looking for his wife ‘every day’ but the organizers of the official Heather Gumina search group said that he has not been involved with them.
DailyMailTV can also reveal that Gumina is the subject of a pending domestic violence case, due to go to trial next month, after he allegedly headbutted his now missing wife during a vicious fight in February.
He is accused of trying to prevent her from calling the cops. A blood test administered after his arrest showed that he had been under the influence of meth and opiates at the time.
On July 23, a week after she vanished, he filed for a restraining order against Heather and, in the petition, claimed the pair had had a fight, witnessed by her mother, on the day she disappeared.
According to Gumina, the 33-year-old had ‘punched me in the face [….] tried to tip wheelbarrow full of sand on my legs.’
Speaking exclusively to DailyMailTV, Gumina, who married Heather on March 18, admitted that his marriage is in tatters but denied harming her and said he is praying for her to be found.
Gumina’s mother Joanna Russell said she would never unknowingly leave her children
Heather was last seen in Placerville on July 16. Police discovered her abandoned car nearly a month later
Heather Gumina’s car, a black 2005 Infinity G35, (pictured), was located in in El Dorado County on Friday, August 9, almost one month after she first disappeared
The 44-year-old, who is currently serving a five-year probation term after being convicted of burglary and witness intimidation in February 2017, claimed that the headbutting incident was ‘a misunderstanding’ but also said she had called the cops in a deliberate attempt to have him sent back to jail.
Gumina said: ‘I want her to just show up and be OK and for everything to be alright. I didn’t do anything [to her]. I married her because I love her.
He added: ‘Look, this marriage is not going to work out but I would never do anything like this [harming her]. I’m a lover. I’m not that kind of guy.
‘The sheriffs [deputies] were here for like 30 hours doing an investigation. They took my car. They walked every piece of land so I’m cleaning up again and again and again and I’m dealing with my wife. I don’t deserve this.’
Kathy Schneider, 55, a close friend of Heather’s said: ‘We don’t hear from him much. We don’t hear from him. He’s not helping with the search efforts and he’s not in our search group.’
Holly Smith, 52, of Placerville, California, told DailyMailTV that Heather’s mother has been left ‘devastated’ by her daughter’s disappearance.
Photos uploaded on Facebook show the couple’s marriage ceremony on March 18
Heather’s car was recently found by police but nobody has seen the mom since July. Pictured above is the Placerville, CA home the couple shared
Gumina is the subject of a pending domestic violence case, due to go to trial next month, after he allegedly headbutted his now missing wife during a vicious fight in February
Gumina claimed Heather ‘punched me right in the face’ during an altercation on the day she was reported missing
On May 31, he claimed she assaulted him while they were driving home
She said: ‘She’s really missing her. If Heather was available to call home, she would call home. She speaks to her mother several times a day.
‘Heather is a strong girl and if she were able to make it to a phone, she would make it to a phone.’
Heather’s mother Joanne was too distressed to speak to DailyMailTV but issued a statement via a friend in which she described the mom-of-three as ‘the best daughter anyone could ask for’.
She added: ‘I miss her beautiful smile and her thoughtfulness towards me and her kids. She was always doing something kind for all of her kids, family and friends.
‘She was a hard worker and truly beautiful inside and out. Her friends have been calling me daily for updates. Life without her is so unimaginable.’
Other friends described the mother-of-three as popular and devoted to her children but admitted she has had problems with substance abuse in the past.
Court records show she has several convictions for burglary and DUI but the 33-year-old had begun to turn her life around – proudly posting a letter confirming she had completed her probation on Facebook last August.
Gumina (pictured left in his 2016 mugshot) had been arrested along with his father John (right) in June 2016, after he was found to have six guns, one of which was stolen, several high capacity magazines and a quantity of meth in his possession
Pictures of evidence taken by El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department show the weapons
Gumina was later sentenced to five years on probation after being convicted of drug possession, burglary and witness intimidation
A letter from a child psychologist lodged with court as part of the domestic violence case and seen by DailyMailTV notes that she is a devoted mother to her youngest son Ryder, four.
Smith said: ‘She’s an amazing mom, she’s devoted to her children. She’s quite popular and she has a lot of friends. Her mom misses her a lot.’
Although Gumina insisted that he’s desperate for his wife of six months to be found, he also told DailyMailTV that she has ongoing addiction problems and has ‘a dark side as well as a wife side.’
He said: ‘My wife had some problems, you know. I’m not sure of what she’s ever done – she’s had numerous marriages and similar kind of situations…
‘She’s got some of her own addiction problems and whatnot that she’s been dealing with for a long time.
‘I kind of got used to not knowing with my wife a little bit. I told her, whatever’s going on in your life, I want to know, I want to understand.
‘She has her dark side and then she has her wife side. I probably shouldn’t say much more than that out of respect for her.’
Like Heather, Gumina also has a string of previous convictions – among them busts in 2002 and 2003 for meth possession.
Heather’s disappearance has rocked the small town of Placerville, previously known as ‘Hangtown’ in northern California. It has an estimated population of 11,048
Holly Smith (pictured) 52, described Heather as an ‘amazing mom’ and ‘quite popular.’ She says her mother has been left ‘devastated’ by her daughter’s disappearance
Heather’s face has now been plastered all over town in a bid to find the missing mom
In June 2016, he was arrested along with his father John and was found to have six guns, one of which was stolen, several high capacity magazines and a quantity of meth in his possession.
The following February, he was sentenced to five years on probation after being convicted of drug possession, burglary and witness intimidation.
Court documents show his probation is currently suspended pending his trial on domestic violence charges.
He also faces a second violation hearing after a urine test showed meth and opiates in his system.
Sgt. Prencipe said that his department is currently still searching for Heather and are keeping an ‘open mind about the situation’, despite having spoken to Gumina repeatedly.
He also insisted that the police have no official suspects and said they have yet to unearth evidence of foul play.