Apr 19, 2017 2:33 PM
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Maine declared the death of a Maine meteorologist as a suicide.
Police found Tom Johnston, a former WSCH meteorologist, dead on April 6 after he was reported missing April 3.
"The official cause of death is hypothermia from environmental exposure, due to loss of consciousness, following self-inflicted incised wounds of both upper extremities," said Mark Belserene, administrator of the Chief Medical Examiner Office.
Johnston may be connected to a sexual assault case before his death, according to allegations made by a Maine radio station and two advocacy groups.
Officer Josh Aylward submitted a report to the Oxford County Sheriff's Office on April 2 at 1:25 a.m. stating that deputies responded to Bridgton Hospital and met with a woman in reference to a sexual assault that occurred at a residence in Newry.
The police report said the suspect fled the scene and was later reported as a missing person.
This report came hours after family members of Johnston last heard from him and one day before he was reported missing to police.
WGAN, a Maine radio station, stated in a talk show Friday that there may be a possible connection between this sexual assault incident and the apparent suicide of Johnston.
The radio station added that Johnston was the only missing person in Oxford County around the time of the sexual assault incident before police found him deceased on April 6.
Chief Deputy Hart L. Daley of the Oxford County Sheriff's Office would not comment if Johnston is a suspect in this case, but did say they are "pretty confident" with who the suspect is.
More information regarding the case is expected to be released once the Sheriff's Office is 100 percent sure they have the right perpetrator.
NH1 News will continue to update this story.
If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide or in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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