The headless torso of a woman discovered off the coast of Denmark belongs to Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who went missing on a submarine earlier this month, according to Copenhagen police.
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.
DNA from the remains confirmed it was Wall, who is believed to have died aboard the UC3 Nautilus while she was profiling the 46-year-old owner and inventor Peter Madsen.
The torso was found attached to a piece of metal, “likely with the purpose to make it sink,” Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen told reporters Wednesday.
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Dried blood was also found inside the submarine, matching DNA samples secured from her hairbrush and toothbrush, Moeller Jensen said.
Wall, 30, was last seen on Aug. 10 aboard the 60-foot vessel, which sank the next day. Police believe it was scuttled on purpose.
Madsen, who was rescued a day after the sub sank, was arrested Monday and charged with manslaughter. He denies having anything to do with Wall’s disappearance.
He initially told investigators Wall disembarked the submarine about 3½ hours into the trip. He later changed his statement and said he buried her at sea after she accidentally died aboard the submarine.
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Madsen, an entrepreneur, artist, submarine builder and aerospace engineer, appeared before a judge on Aug. 12 for preliminary questioning.
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.
The journalist was born in Sweden and lived in New York and Beijing, her family said. She wrote for The New York Times, The Guardian, the South China Morning Post and Vice Magazine, among other publications.
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