Search continues for Finnish citizen reported missing in November ({{commentsTotal}})

The Old City Harbor, Tallinn
The Old City Harbor, Tallinn Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

After Finnish volunteers have spent weeks looking for him already, a joint team of Estonian, Latvian, and Finnish volunteers will now go on looking for a Finn who disappeared in Tallinn at the end of November last year.

Ari Saarilammi, known in Finland for his involvement in local politics and unions, disappeared in the area around Tallinn's Old City Harbor at the end of November 2017. Volunteer organizations of Finland, Estonia, and Latvia will now continue looking for him together, Estonian foundation Kadunud (Lost) said.

"Finnish volunteers from Etsintaveneen Tuki left Tallinn on Sunday, and their leader, Reino Savukoski, sent us a map of the area they searched. It shows the five areas that his team was unable to check due to technical difficulties. But our Latvian colleagues from the Bezvests volunteer search team have equipment that will allow us to check these areas also," head of Kadunud Aare Rüütel said.

The Latvian volunteers have the only underwater mapping radar of the needed type in the Baltic states, and will look for Saarilammi in Tallinn's port area for two days.

Saarilammi arrived in Tallinn with colleagues on Nov. 25 to attend a conference, but showed up neither at the conference nor his hotel. He was expected back at work the following Tuesday, but never showed up.

The Police and Border Guard (PPA) arrived at the conclusion at the beginning of December that Saarilammi must have fallen into the sea and drowned. The seabed was checked around the port area using divers' sonars, and with help from the Navy. He was also searched for by Finnish volunteers, but his body has not yet been found.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS, ERR

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