TV weatherman found dead of apparent suicide

Saying Goodbye to TJ

AUBURN, Maine — Police say a popular television meteorologist in Maine's largest city has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

Tom Johnston from WCSH, KHOU 11's sister station  in Portland was reported missing Monday after he failed to return from a weekend event at the Sunday River ski resort.

Old Orchard Beach Police Deputy Chief Jason Moen said the 46-year-old Johnston was found by Auburn police.

Moen said in a news release Thursday night that any suspicion of foul play has been ruled out. An autopsy was scheduled Friday.

Johnston's last social media postings were made on Saturday, when a storm produced heavy snow in parts of Maine.

WCSH announced Johnston's death "with great sadness" on its website Friday. Johnston had worked for the station for three years and handled weekday newscasts:

Tom, 46, was part of the WCSH family for the past three years. You saw him most frequently on our 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts each weekday. He was reported missing early Monday morning when he didn’t return home to Old Orchard Beach after a weekend at Sunday River Ski Resort. Tom went there early Saturday to emcee the Springfest event. Later that night he was out with friends and family and told a family member he was heading back home Sunday. When he didn’t show up by Monday morning, his girlfriend filed a missing persons report. Tom loved to forecast and loved his job. He was at his best broadcasting or doing Facebook live shots in the middle of a blizzard.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family. We will miss that great laugh of his, his fierce competitive spirit and his love for all things weather-related. 

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

TOM'S FIRST FACEBOOK LIVE

I'M NOT FROM MAINE, BUT I GOT HERE AS SOON AS I COULD

"I'm not from Maine, but I got here as soon as I could." https://t.co/QW8a1rpc3r

— Tom Johnston (@tjthunder) September 13, 2016

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