Autopsy results reveal Tahoma death is suicide |

Autopsy results reveal Tahoma death is suicide

Kara Fox
Sierra Sun

The case of a Tahoma death was closed Tuesday after an El Dorado County coroner ruled the death a suicide.

Originally considered suspicious, El Dorado County detectives ruled last month that Sheila Ann Hanley’s death was a suicide and that no foul play took place. However, official autopsy results were not released until this week.

“Evidence obtained at the autopsy showed that the gunshot wound to the head was self-inflicted,” said Detective Larry Olsen, El Dorado County coroner in Tahoe.

Hanley, 50, died inside her Tahoma home Aug. 30 from a gunshot wound.

Michael Hufford, Hanley’s husband, is clear of any suspicion, said El Dorado County detectives.

Hanley grew up in Sacramento and worked in a variety of jobs, including television production, theatrical lighting, the music industry and public relations, according to an obituary published in the Sacramento Bee in September.

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She is survived by her husband, Michael Hufford; stepchildren Marina and Blake; her sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Kelly Cogbill and numerous family and friends.