Police recover body in Lihue

LIHUE — Police recovered the body of a 37-year-old man Tuesday morning in a vacant lot along Ahukini Road in Lihue.

The body of Lancelot Zachariah Johnson was found in a grassy area near the cane haul road next to Walmart. He was discovered by a field worker of the company that leases the property.

Johnson was believed to have been homeless and living in the field. His death remains under investigation, but police do not suspect foul play.

An autopsy of the man’s body is scheduled next week.

Johnson served a five-year probation sentence from Fifth Circuit Court in 2011. It was renewed after failing a probation for first-degree assault in 2009.

The 2009 case involved a first-degree assault charge that was described as a “thwarted murder-suicide attempt” by prosecutors, and a thwarted suicide attempt that was stopped by his girlfriend who was injured in the process, according to the defense.

Johnson’s most recent occupation was listed as an auto detail specialist.

His employment was sporadic and he served additional jail time for violating parole in recent years, including an unauthorized trip to the Mainland.

In 2011 Chief Judge Randall Valenciano modified Johnson’s probation to require participation in mental health treatment as recommended by the Kauai Mental Health Treatment Center.

The court ruled that Johnson was fit to stand trial but was substantially impaired at the time of his probation violations.

He was released from the Department of Health’s Mahelona facility after he was accepted to the Mental Health Kokua Group Home.

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