Missing Swedish scribe Kim Wall’s torso found after submarine joyride in Denmark; horrific details emerge
The headless body that was found on a beach in Copenhagen was identified as the late Swedish journalist Kim Wall.
The headless body that was found on a beach in Copenhagen was identified as the late Swedish journalist Kim Wall. The journalist is believed to have died in a submarine built by an amateur a few days ago, Danish police said, the Associated Press said.
It was last seen on 10 August aboard the submarine of Danish inventor Peter Madsen, UC3 Nautilus, whom police believe sank off the east coast of Denmark the following day intentionally.
Madsen, who was later arrested on preliminary charges of homicide, denied any connection to the journalist’s disappearance. Members of Wall’s family said the 30-year-old freelance journalist was working on a Madsen story. His body was found on a beach, the agency’s report added.
DNA tests performed on the reporter confirmed that the torso was Wall’s, said Jens Moeller, the police investigator. He added that the torso was attached to a piece of metal, perhaps to make it sink.
The officer also said police found marks on the torso, suggesting that someone tried to squeeze the air out of the body so it would not float.
Madsen, 46, who remains in police custody, told investigators first that he had left the submarine to reach an island in northern Copenhagen for several hours on his journey and had no idea what had happened to him of that.
He later told investigators that “an accident occurred on board which led to his death” and that he “buried him” in the sea. His defense lawyer stated that his client continues to argue that he did not kill Wall.
A New York-based independent journalist living in New York and Beijing, Kim Wall, wrote for The Guardian, The New York Times, South China Morning Post and Vice Magazine among major publications, the Associated Press reported.