WJTV News Channel 12 - Landscaper Discovered Dead in Pool Behind Jackson Home

The Hinds County Coroner identified him as 52-year-old James Johnson.

Landscaper Discovered Dead in Pool Behind Jackson Home

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -

A worker at a Jackson home finds a landscaper dead at the bottom of the pool on Tuesday afternoon.

Jackson police responded around 2:00 pm to the house where it happened on Rob Lane, a JPD spokesperson said.

No foul play is suspected, the Hinds County Coroner said.

Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart tell NEWS CHANNEL 12 that the 52-year-old victim may have spent more than three hours in the pool behind the home.

She identified the victim as James Johnson, a landscaper in the area.

Another worker did see the victim's truck around noon on Tuesday but did not notice the body on the bottom of the pool until later around 2 o'clock, Grisham-Stewart said.

Johnson is a person that people in the area know very well. He has worked around the block for more than 10 years, neighbors said.

"He did pull back on his work," said another neighbor, Greg Colburn.

"He had just taken on a new job and he had been working for one of the local hospitals and he had done a lot of training and gotten himself a position that had taken a huge promotion, from what I understand," Colburn said.

"Well, [Johnson] arrived here this morning early - possibly around 7 o'clock he began his work," Coroner Grisham-Stewart said.

"Workers that work here also left around lunchtime to go get materials. And when they returned they noticed he was in the pool, unresponsive," Grisham-Stewart said.

An autopsy, scheduled for Tuesday, is expected to show the exact cause of death - including if the victim had health issues or problems before he fell or slipped into the pool.

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