Danske Estonia ex-CEO Aivar Rehe's body found, police confirm

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Search for Aivar Rehe.
Search for Aivar Rehe. Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) have confirmed to ERR that the body of former Danske Bank CEO Aivar Rehe has been found.

According to ERR's information, Rehe's body was found in his own backyard, and everything at the scene points toward death by suicide.

The police called off the unsuccessful search for Rehe in the forest near his home at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, it was decided to take a new approach to the ongoing search.
Police officers and volunteers began the search for Rehe, 56, on Monday, after he was last seen that morning.

On Tuesday, PPA Northern Prefecture operations chief Valdo Põder told ERR that Aivar Rehe was a threat to his own life and well-being.

Aivar Rehe served as CEO of Danske Bank's Estonian branch from 2006-2015, including a period during which extensive money laundering occurred at the branch.

Last December, the Office of the Prosecutor General declared ten employees of the branch suspects in money laundering. State Prosecutor Marek Vahing confirmed to ETV's "Pealtnägija," however, that Rehe had not been declared a suspect.


Help is available if you are struggling or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

In Estonia, you can call the Eluliin emotional support hotline in Estonian at +372 655 8088, or in Russian at +372 655 5688; the Tartu psychiatric hospital on-call doctor (24 hours) at +372 731 8764; the Tallinn psychiatric hospital on-call doctor (24 hours) at +372 617 2650. You can also chat online in Estonian at lahendus.net.

In the U.S., you can call 1-800-273-TALK or text HOME to 741741. In Canada, you can call 1-833-456-4566 or text HOME to 686868. You can also chat online in English at imalive.org.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call emergency services at 112 (Estonia, EU), 911 (U.S., Canada) or 999 (U.K.).

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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