Woman's Torso Found as Police Investigate Sub Sinking
It's not clear whether remains belong to Kim Wall
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2017 6:35 PM CDT
This is a Dec. 28, 2015 handout photo portrait of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall taken in Trelleborg, Sweden.   (Tom Wall)

(Newser) – The body of a woman has been found in the Baltic Sea near where a missing Swedish journalist is believed to have died on a privately built submarine, Danish police said late Monday. A female torso without legs, arms, or a head was found by a passer-by, said the head of the investigation, Jens Moller Jensen. "We have recovered the body ... It is the torso of a woman," Jensen told reporters. "An inquest will be conducted." He said it was "too early" to say if the body was that of 30-year-old Swedish reporter Kim Wall, who went missing more than a week ago after a trip on the submarine owned by 46-year-old Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor. Jensen said the body was discovered hours after Madsen told authorities that Wall had died onboard in an accident and that he buried her at sea at an unspecified location, the AP reports.

Madsen was arrested in connection with Wall's disappearance after his submarine sank off Denmark's eastern coast, an event police said they suspected the inventor caused on purpose. He denied any wrongdoing and initially told authorities he had dropped the reporter off on a redeveloped island in Copenhagen's harbor about 3½ hours into a nighttime trip Aug. 10. Madsen will continue to be held on preliminary manslaughter charges, police said. They declined to provide further details about the new information he had provided. Wall was last seen atop the Nautilus submarine on Aug. 10, about to embark on a brief ride in the vessel for a profile about its Danish inventor.

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