Body of Moss Beach resident found following apparent suicide — (

SSRI Ed note: Man abruptly discontinues antidepressants, disappears, family realizes withdrawal caused his suicide.

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By Julia Scott, San Mateo County Times

Posted: 01/26/2009 05:09:03 PM PST

The family of Moss Beach resident John Lennon called off a missing person search Saturday after his body was found floating off a beach in Marin County, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department and other officials.

Lennon, 55, went missing Jan. 20 after leaving home at 7 a.m. for work. He never got there, and local California Highway Patrol officers later found his van in the east parking lot of the Golden Gate Bridge, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ray Lunny.

Lennon’s family later offered a $5,000 reward for information relating to his disappearance, which was linked to the fact that he had recently and abruptly ceased taking medication for problems with depression.

Lennon’s body was spotted floating off Tennessee Valley Beach about 2:50 p.m. Saturday, fully clothed and easily identifiable, said Eric Fohner, an investigator with the Marin County Coroner’s Office.

There was no obvious trauma to any part of the body, and the death is being investigated as a suicide, Fohner said. The coroner’s office conducted an autopsy on Lennon on Monday morning; results are due later this week.

“We have not located a suicide note or heard that one exists,” Fohner said.

Lennon was married to Maureen Lennon, former finance director for the city of Pacifica. She filed a wrongful termination suit against the city and members of the City Council after being laid off in May 2007. The lawsuit is still pending,
although she has succeeded in finding other work.

“She’s just had a terrible year, I must say,” said Christine Boland, the city clerk for San Carlos and a friend of Maureen Lennon.

John’s death was “completely unexpected,” Boland said. “They just finished a remodel of their house. It’s such an odd timing and circumstance.”

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