Source connected to Deutsche Bank investigation found dead

A man who was reportedly assisting federal investigators and the media in an investigation into Germany’s Deutsche Bank was found dead in Los Angeles, the Washington Examiner reported.

Val Broeksmit was found by a cleaning crew on Monday and declared dead at roughly 7 a.m. on the campus of Woodrow Wilson High School, the Los Angeles County Coroner said.

An autopsy is being conducted to find out how he died.

It was unclear how long his body had been there.

“School police said that they had no video that shows him coming onto campus and are unsure how long he’d been on the campus,” CBS News reported.

Broeksmit, 45, was the adopted son of William Broeksmit, a late Deutsche Bank executive who committed suicide.

David Enrich, a business investigations reporter for The New York Times, tweeted that he was last seen on April 6 in Los Angeles, according to his girlfriend.

He was last seen that afternoon driving a red Mini Cooper.

Enrich had profiled Val Broeksmit in 2019 in an article called “Me and My Whistleblower,” revolving around Broeksmit’s turning over insider documents from the bank to investigators.

Enrich said Broeksmit wanted to “to expose what he sees as corporate wrongdoing, give some meaning to his father’s death — and maybe get famous along the way.”

In a January interview with Forensic News investigative journalist Scott Stedman, Stedman said he had given him “Deutsche Bank documents that highlighted the bank’s deep Russia connections.”

However, Broeksmit described himself as a “comically terrible spy.”

In Enrich’s profile, meanwhile, he’s described as “[a]n unemployed rock musician with a history of opioid abuse and credit card theft, not to mention a dalliance with North Korea-linked hackers.”

“It is very sad,” Stedman said about Broeksmit’s death.

“I don’t suspect foul play. Val struggled with drugs on and off. Waiting on further info.”