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Torso found in search for journalist
Peter Madsen and Kim Wall ©Ritzau Foto

Torso found in search for journalist

22/08/17Government

The headless torso of a woman has been found by Danish police searching for Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who went missing during a trip with a submarine inventor.

Wall was last seen aboard Danish entrepreneur Peter Madsen’s submarine on 10 August.

Madsen said he had dropped her off safely near the Danish capital, Copenhagen, but has since said she died in an accident and that he had “buried” her at sea.

The body has been sent for forensic analysis, but is yet to be identified.

Wall was reported missing by her boyfriend after she failed to return from what should have been a short trip to research Madsen and his submarine, which sank hours after the search for the journalist began.

Madsen was arrested and charged with negligent manslaughter, but Danish police believe the inventor deliberately sunk the vessel.

He told police that he had left Wall’s body somewhere in Koge Bay, south of Copenhagen. The torso was found on the shore by a passing cyclist.

Police spokesman Jens Moller said: “It is clear that the police, like the media and everybody else, are speculating whether this female body is Kim Wall, but it is way too soon to tell.”

Madsen’s lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, said her client has not admitted any wrongdoing. She said he had given evidence to the police during preliminary questioning and “information from this” had now emerged.

“My client has not confessed to anything, my client still pleads not guilty to the charges against him,” she said.

Police added that maritime authorities had determined the route the submarine travelled in Koge Bay and the Oresund strait before sinking.

Pan European Networks Ltd