Death of Palmdale Man Ruled a Suicide
Sheriff Alex Villanueva called a press conference today, Thursday, July 9, 2020, to announce the latest findings in the circumstances surrounding the death of Robert Fuller, who was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale. Mr. Fuller’s body was discovered in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in the 38300 block of 9th Street East, Palmdale. He was 24 years old.
From the beginning of the investigation, Sheriff Villanueva assured the decedent’s family and the public a thorough and objective investigation would be conducted, with the cooperation of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice Attorney General’s office.
Commander Chris Marks, who oversees Detective Division and Homicide Bureau, provided a timeline of events in the investigation, the steps detectives took, the information they gathered, and the factual culmination of their results. Based upon many components of the investigation including: Evidence collected at the scene, the calculation of physical logistics at the scene, evidence collected at supplemental locations, scientific results, autopsy results,
The Sheriff offered his condolences to the Fuller family for the loss of their son, and called upon the Board of Supervisors for proper funding of mental health treatment centers, which often run overcrowded, underfunded and without enough resources.
Because of the current civic climate and in the wake of civil unrest across the nation, the manner of Robert Fuller’s death raised many questions. Many demanded answers right away, however, this type of investigation takes time and methodical, documented processing. “Because the people are demanding answers immediately,” said Sheriff Villanueva, “doesn’t mean we get to skip processes.” Skipping steps and rushing to judgement to satisfy outside pressure can easily compromise the truth. “The only pressure we should satisfy is the truth,” said the Sheriff.