Officials to address possible connection between sex assault, dead Maine meteorologist
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The Oxford County Sheriff's Office will provide new information regarding an investigation into a Newry gross sexual assault Thursday.
NH1's reporter will be live from the press conference with Chief Deputy Hart L. Daley at noon.
Officer Josh Aylward submitted a report to the Oxford County Sheriff's Office on April 2 at 1:25 a.m. about a sexual assault that occurred at a home in Newry. The responding officers added in their report that the suspect fled the scene and was later reported as a missing person.
Chief Daley did not release an alert about the possible sexual predator because the department felt it was an isolated incident, so it didn't pose any danger to the public.
WGAN, a Maine radio station, stated in a talk show on April 14 that there may be a possible connection between this sexual assault incident and the suicide of former WCSH meteorologist Tom Johnston.
Once reported, several other agencies - including, the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Maine's National Alliance on Mental Illness - began to put the pieces together, possibly linking Johnston to the assault.
Auburn police found Johnston's body April 6 in a wooded area. Autopsy results performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner declared that Johnston died from hypothermia and self-inflicted wounds, ruling the death a suicide.
Daley would not comment if Johnston is the suspect referred to in the report, stating, "Until we conclude the investigation, we don't release the names of victims, witnesses or suspects."
On April 18, Daley said the sheriff's office were "pretty confident" with who the suspect is.