Headless torso matches the DNA of Swedish reporter Kim Wall

The headless torso of a woman discovered in the waters off Denmark matches the DNA of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who went missing on a submarine earlier this month, according to Copenhagen police. 

“DNA match between torso and Kim Wall,” Copenhagen police said in a statement on Twitter early Wednesday.

A cyclist spotted the torso, which was missing a head, arms and legs, near the island of Amager outside Copenhagen on Monday, according to police, who said her body was deliberately mutilated.

“It is the torso of a woman,” Jens Moller Jensen, chief of the investigation told reporters. “An inquest will be conducted.”

Sub owner says journalist died in accident, was buried at sea


Madsen was charged with manslaughter, but has denied he committed a crime.


Wall, 30, was last seen on Aug. 10 aboard the submarine UC3 Nautilus to profile its owner and inventor, Peter Madsen.

The discovery Monday came hours after Madsen, 46, told investigators he buried Wall at sea after she accidentally died aboard the submarine.

Madsen was arrested Monday and charged with manslaughter, but his lawyer told Danish media he denied the accusations.

Wall was last seen departing Copenhagen aboard the Nautilus.

Wall was last seen departing Copenhagen aboard the Nautilus.


Wall, who attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and London School of Economics, was photographed standing on the UC3 Nautilus’ tower as the 40-ton vessel departed Copenhagen on Aug. 10.

Missing woman’s family in Denmark submarine case fears worst

Madsen previously told investigators he dropped Wall off on an island that night — about 3½ hours into the trip.

The 60-foot submarine was found sunken on Aug. 11 and police believe the ship was scuttled on purpose.

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