Detective Joanna Macpherson

Fayetteville Police Department announced Saturday morning that Detective Joanna Macpherson had passed away after an extended battle with cancer.

Macpherson, from Great Britain, joined the Fayetteville Police Department in August 11, 2008, by way of California. She became the Crime Scene investigator, and her work and testimony were key factors in numerous convictions in court cases. She reformed both the evidence room as well as crime scene procedures.

“Joanna was the embodiment of a warrior’s spirit while at the same time having a servant’s heart. During her battle, she never lost her smile and for much of the time continued to work through treatments,” said Fayetteville Police Department Captain Mike Whitlow in a press release.

Macpherson refused to give up, competing in Tough Mudders and participating in Cancer walks even after her diagnosis. The Fayetteville Police Department staff enjoyed educating her about Southern culture and in turn, they relished her teaching them about European culture.

The flags at the Fayetteville Police Department, City Hall and city fire stations were all lowered to half-mast in respect for Detective Macpherson and her family.

“We are sad to learn of the passing of Detective Joanna Macpherson,” said Fayetteville City Manager Ray Gibson. “She is held in the highest regard by her fellow officers and her other City of Fayetteville colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with Detective Macpherson’s family as they grieve their difficult loss.”

Macpherson leaves behind her husband Nick, sons Zach and Zeke, many family members as well as her Fayetteville Police Department family.

“Grieve with us but also celebrate with us a brave, gracious and beautiful person who touched and bettered us all,” Whitlow said.