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- The journalist Kim Wall was last seen alive on a submarine in Copenhagen, Denmark, with an inventor named Peter Madsen. Police have confirmed that a dismembered body found Monday was Wall’s. Officers said that her body had air forced out of it and metal attached in an effort to keep it under water. Madsen has been charged with manslaughter, which he denies, in Wall’s death.
A Swedish journalist died on a homemade submarine, with her limbs removed and chunks of metal attached to her remains – apparently so they would sink to the bottom of the sea – according to police officers investigating her death.
Kim Wall was named Wednesday morning by the police in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the victim in a gruesome manslaughter case surrounding events that took place off the Danish coast earlier this month.
- Reuters/Tom Wall
DNA tests confirmed that a torso – headless, and with no limbs – that washed up Monday was Wall’s.
She was last seen entering a homemade submarine, the UCS Nautilus, with its owner and builder, a Danish inventor named Peter Madsen.
Madsen has been charged with manslaughter in Wall’s death. He denies the charge and has said she died in an accident aboard the submarine and he then buried her body at sea.
The Copenhagen police gave a press conference Wednesday morning in which they confirmed Wall’s identity and explained the condition in which her remains were found.
Instead, the body was found by a cyclist near the shores of Amager, one of the islands that make up Copenhagen. The police confirmed her identity in this tweet:
Dna match mellem torso og Kim Wall. Ikke yderligere #politidk
— Københavns Politi (@KobenhavnPoliti) August 23, 2017
The police also said DNA tests had confirmed that Wall’s blood was found aboard the submarine, which had sunk and needed to be brought up from the bottom of the sea.
Madsen was rescued after the submarine sank on August 11. He originally said he had dropped Wall off in Copenhagen alive before the sinking, but he later changed his account to say she died in an accident aboard the submarine, according to the Reuters news agency.
Wall’s mother, Ingrid, wrote a public tribute to her daughter on Facebook after the police confirmed Wall’s identity. The post, in Swedish, spoke her of family’s “boundless sadness and dismay” at Wall’s death and praised her work as a journalist.