Longtime Chandler homicide Detective Gary Fuller has died.
Fuller, 55, died Tuesday after a battle against pancreatic cancer, according to Chandler police spokesman David Ramer.
Fuller, who has served with the Chandler Police Department since 1987, was known for being meticulous in investigations and working numerous high-profile cases in the city while discovering clues others could not.
One of those cases that haunted him included the December 2008 unsolved death of Zachary Rowe, a 25-year-old Arizona State University student whose body was found shot in his home after someone set fire to it to cover up the killing.
More recently, Fuller was the case agent on the 2009 fatal child abuse case of Schala Vera, a 3-year-old girl who police say was beaten to death with a belt by her mother’s boyfriend, Dauntorian Saunders, on Aug. 31, 2009. Police discovered Schala’s badly beaten body between the bathroom sink and the toilet where she had crawled to hide.
Fuller stopped working about a month ago, Ramer said. He is survived by his wife, Val Fuller; and sons Jarrod, 33, and Jason, 31. Fuller came to Chandler 23 years ago after serving as police chief for a small-town police department in South Dakota, Ramer said.
Information about Fuller’s service arrangements were not available.