Police: Missing Journalist's Torso Was Attached to Metal

Police say someone tried to make sure Kim Wall's body never rose to surface
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2017 6:22 AM CDT
Cops ID Body of Missing Journalist From Submarine
File photo of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.   (Tom Wall via AP)

Police in Sweden have made a grisly confirmation: The torso of a woman found near the shore in Copenhagen is indeed that of missing journalist Kim Wall, reports the BBC. And it appears that somebody tried to make sure her body sank to the ocean bottom and stayed there. Police say the torso had been deliberately attached to metal. Worse: “Damage seems to have been done to the torso in an attempt to ensure that air and gases escape and the body won’t drift to the surface,” says a police official, per the Guardian. The 30-year-old had been missing since getting on a submarine built by inventor Peter Madsen on Aug. 10. Madsen's story keeps changing: He initially told police he had dropped her off safe and sound, then said he had buried her at sea after she died aboard the sub in an accident.

Police have charged him with manslaughter, suggesting that he killed Wall during their trip, then deliberately sank his own sub in an attempt to hide the evidence. It has since been refloated, and investigators found blood inside. Madsen's attorney says the torso's identification doesn't change his client's story, that she died in an accident and he disposed of her body (her head, arms, and legs were cut off) as best he could. Police used DNA samples from Wall's hairbrush and toothbrush to identify the torso. The case has now become “the most spectacular murder case in Danish history," in the words of Christian Jensen, editor of Denmark’s largest daily, Politiken, per the New York Times. (Read more submarine stories.)

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