The Danish inventor suspected of killing a Swedish journalist aboard his homemade submarine will be charged with murder, according to a report.
New charges will be leveled against Peter Madsen when he appears in court early next month, the BBC reports.
The eccentric inventor and philanthropist is already held on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of 30-year-old Kim Wall.
News of the pending murder charge comes a day after Danish police confirmed a headless torso found in the waters off Copenhagen belonged to Wall.
Torso washed ashore in Denmark belonged to journalist Kim Wall
Madsen, 46, has offered several sequences of events in the bizarre and puzzling case.
Wall, who got a degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2013, was last seen boarding Madsen’s UC3 Nautilus sub on Aug. 10.
The pair cruised in the waters off the Danish capital as part of a story Wall was writing.
Wall’s boyfriend reported the two missing the next day.
Headless torso matches the DNA of Swedish reporter Kim Wall
Madsen was rescued about 15 hours after leaving Copenhagen when his 60-ton submarine sank.
Recovery crews didn’t see any sign of Wall aboard the 60-foot vessel, which investigators believe Madsen purposely scuttled.
He at first said he dropped the Sweden-bred journalist off on an island about 3½ hours after they left Copenhagen.
But on Monday, he offered a new set of details. Wall died aboard the sub in a freak accident, so he buried her at sea. He’s regularly denied he had anything to do with her death, however.
Owner of sunken submarine arrested in disappearance of journalist
Madsen, who’s also an aerospace engineer, was initially charged with manslaughter.
The arrest came the same day a cyclist spotted Wall’s torso, also missing arms and legs, floating in the sea.
The body was attached to a piece of metal investigators believed was intended to help it sink.
They confirmed it was Wall with DNA from her hairbrush and toothbrush, which also matched dried blood found on the Nautilus.
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