Deutsche Bank Val Broeksmit
Police announced, on Tuesday, that Valentin Proxmett, a whistleblower who investigated Deutsche Bank and his ties to former President Donald Trump, was found dead east of Lincoln Park in Los Angeles.
Deutsche Bank whistleblower found dead in Los Angeles
A whistleblower was found to have been a notable source for the New York Times of a series of articles about mysterious links between Deutsche Bank and Russia, and which the FBI also heard about possible contacts with Donald Trump on Monday.
A cleaning crew found the body of Val Broxmidt, the adopted son of late Deutsche Bank CEO William Broxmidt, on Monday morning, according to CBS News.
The 45-year-old was pronounced dead at about 7 a.m. on the Woodrow Wilson High School campus, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Investigation.
An autopsy is performed to determine the cause of death.
Broxsmith, who described himself in his Twitter bio as a “comically horrific spy,” is believed to have worked with US federal authorities to investigate Deutsche Bank’s activities and ties to former President Donald Trump.
The Los Angeles Police Department declined to comment on the “ongoing” investigation. American journalist Scott Steadman, who was in contact with Val Broeksmit until January, said he did not suspect a murder, saying his “friend” had suffered from recurrent opioid addiction.
Broxsmith, whose father died by suicide in 2014, was the subject of a profile titled “Me and my whistleblower” by David Enrich, the New York Times’ business investigative editor, published in 2019.
Enrich tweeted in April 2021 that a missing person report had been submitted to the Los Angeles Police Department and asked the public to help find Broeksmit.
Broeksmit was reported missing in 2021. Police said he was last seen around 4 p.m. on April 6, 2021, when he dropped off his girlfriend on April 6 at the Griffith Park tennis facility. He was driving a red Mini Cooper.
“This is horrific news. Val has been a longtime resource to me and the main character in my book. We had a complicated relationship, but it’s sad to hear,” Enrich said in a tweet about the death.