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Apr 17, 2017 3:25 PM

Possible connection between sexual assault, apparent suicide of Maine meteorologist


BRIDGTON, Maine — A Maine meteorologist who allegedly committed suicide could be linked to the sexual assault of a woman in the hours before he disappeared, according to reports.

READ: Body of missing WCSH meteorologist found, suicide suspected

WGAN, a Maine radio station, spoke about the possible connection Friday. NH1 News has reached out to the Oxford County Sheriff's Office to receive information regarding this accusation.

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 report said the suspect fled the scene and was later reported as a missing person. Reports said that authorities never alerted the public about a potential sexual predator on the loose after that incident.

Family members of WCSH meteorologist Tom Johnston, 46, reported him missing April 3 after not hearing from him since the night of April 1.

He had emceed the Springfest event at Sunday River Ski resort in Newry on April 1.

Auburn police found Johnston's body April 6 and said they did not suspect foul play, believing that Johnston committed suicide.

WGAN brought the connection between the two incidents to life suggesting that Johnston committed the crime sometime in the early morning hours of April 2 before he disappeared.

The radio station said Johnston was the only missing person in Oxford County around the time the sexual assault occurred.

NH1 News has reached out to the Maine State Police to find out the number of reported missing people in the state during the time frame of the sexual assault. They have not yet responded.

Chief Deputy Hart L. Daley of the Oxford County Sheriff's Office told NH1 News that: "We at the Oxford County Sheriff's Office have not filed any 'missing person' reports from April 1-3; however, we did obtain information from Old Orchard Beach that a local weather man was missing, but he was later discovered deceased in Auburn, ME."

Daley would not comment if Johnston is the suspect referred to in the report, stating that no names will be released during an open investigation.

"The fact that everybody has decided that this isn't worthy of a story is just absurd because it is," said Mike Violette, a WTSN personality. WTSN, in Dover, N.H., is owned by Binnie Media.

The media in Maine knows about this possible connection, but has not taken the time to report on this, WGAN said.

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