The headless body that was found on a beach off Copenhagen has been identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who had gone missing. The journalist is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine a few days back, Danish police investigators have said, Associated Press reported. She was last seen alive on August 10 on board Danish inventor Peter Madsen’s submarine, the UC3 Nautilus, which the police believe he sank off Denmark’s eastern coast the next day intentionally.
Madsen, who was then arrested on preliminary charges of manslaughter, has denied any connection with the disappearance of the journalist. Wall’s family members have said the 30-year old freelance journalist was working on a story on Madsen. Her body was found on a beach, the agency report added.
DNA tests that were conducted on the journalist, have confirmed that the torso was that of Wall, police investigator Jens Moeller has said. He further said that the torso was attached to a piece of metal, perhaps with the purpose of making it sink. The officer also said that the police has found marks on the torso, suggesting that someone tried to press air out of the body so that it wouldn’t float.
The 46-year old Madsen, who continues to remain in police custody, had initially told investigators that she left the submarine to reach a northern Copenhagen island several hours into their trip and that he had no idea on what happened to her after that. Later, he told investigators that “an accident occurred on board that led to her death” and also that he “buried” her at sea. His defence lawyer said that her client continues to maintain that he didn’t kill Wall.
A Sweden-born freelance journalist who lived in New York and Beijing, Kim Wall, had written for The Guardian, The New York Times, South China Morning Post and the Vice Magazine, among major publications, Associated Press added.