Danish police have been searching for Swedish journalist Kim Wall for weeks, following her disappearance after boarding a home-built submarine in Copenhagen Bay to write a story about its owner.
The man who built the submarine, Peter Madsen, is an inventrepreneur Wall was covering for the interesting ways in which he crowd-funds his projects, such as the building of the submarine. Shortly after Wall boarded the submarine, Madsen claims he dropped her off at a nearby island.
However, Danish authorities launched a search the following morning after the vessel failed to return to the Copenhagen harbor as planned and Wall failed to return home. The Nautilus was eventually located, 30 miles off the coast of the Danish capital in the bay of Koge, on the verge of sinking. Authorities rescued Madsen as the sub went under water.
As evidence against him has since piled up, Madsen told authorities Wall died aboard the sub and he buried her at sea. This led to the revelation Tuesday that she may not have died of natural causes.
“We have recovered the body… it is the torso of a woman,” Copenhagen police spokesman Jens Moller Jensen told reporters. “An inquest will be conducted.”
Authorities found the torso, devoid of a head, arms, and legs, based on Madsen’s tip that he buried her somewhere in Koge Bay. He still maintains his innocence and says the ship sunk due to technical issues.
“I was toying with various things on the submarine and then an error occurred,” he told TV2 immediately after the sub sank.
But, in contrast to his original claim of “dropping her off at an island,” admitting days later she died aboard the vessel and he buried her at sea is a terrible look for Madsen’s innocence.
What is likely the last picture taken of Wall shows the freelance journalist smiling aboard the sub and standing alongside Madsen, whose back is turned, just before the Nautilus departed on its ill-fated voyage.
Jensen added it was “too early” to say if the body found was that of the 30-year-old reporter.
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