Wednesday 21 February 2018

Everything we know so far after 'torso' discovered in search for missing journalist Kim Wall

  • Kim Wall (30) has not been seen since submarine trip
  • Danish inventor says woman accidentally died in his submarine
  • Danish police upholds manslaughter charge
  • Unidentified woman's torso found in water in Copenhagen
  • Identity still unknown, police say
  • Inventor had 'fetish for German submarines'
This is a Dec. 28, 2015 handout photo portrait of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall taken in Trelleborg, Sweden. (Tom Wall via AP)
This is a Dec. 28, 2015 handout photo portrait of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall taken in Trelleborg, Sweden. (Tom Wall via AP)
The Danish navy's ship 'Fyrholmen' in Koge Bay, South of Copenhagen, during the continuing search for Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Monday, Aug. 21. 2017. (Per Rasmussen/Ritzau Foto via AP)
The home-made submarine "UC3 Nautilus", built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his submarine, sails in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Thompson
The home-made submarine "UC3 Nautilus", built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his submarine, sails in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Thompson

Teis Jensen and Stine Jacobsen

A headless female torso was found on Monday in the water's edge in Copenhagen, hours after a Danish inventor charged with killing a journalist in his home-made submarine told a court she died on board, police said.

Here is everything we know so far about the case of missing journalist Kim Wall.

What happened?

Kim Wall (30), a well-known journalist who wrote for several international publications, was first reported missing by her boyfriend after she failed to return from a job on August 10.

Ms Wall had had been researching a feature about inventor Peter Madsen and his 40-tonne submarine, which at one stage was the largest privately-made vessel of its kind.

The home-made submarine
The home-made submarine "UC3 Nautilus", built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his submarine, sails in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Thompson

The meeting that evening should have been a short trip on the UC3 Nautilus submarine, but Kim failed to return home.

What did Peter Madsen say happened?

Mr Madsen initially told police he dropped Ms Wall off after dark, close to where they had met earlier. However, police later said he had given them a new account of events, which was not made public at the time due to the Danish judicial system.

Police believe the submarine was deliberately sunk by Mr Madsen, who was rescued before being arrested.

Peter Madsen later told the court that Swedish journalist Kim Wall had died in an accident and he had buried her at sea, changing his earlier statement the he dropped her off alive in Copenhagen.

What are police saying now?

Police have told a press conference that it was still too early to identify the body - missing its head, legs and arms - that was found by a passing cyclist.

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

The home-made submarine
The home-made submarine "UC3 Nautilus", built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his submarine, sails in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Thompson

The case is being followed particularly closely by Danish and Swedish media but has drawn interest from around the world.

What happens now?

The body has been sent for forensic analysis while divers continue to search the area where it was found.

The Danish navy's ship 'Fyrholmen' in Koge Bay, South of Copenhagen, during the continuing search for Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Monday, Aug. 21. 2017. (Per Rasmussen/Ritzau Foto via AP)
The Danish navy's ship 'Fyrholmen' in Koge Bay, South of Copenhagen, during the continuing search for Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Monday, Aug. 21. 2017. (Per Rasmussen/Ritzau Foto via AP)

Danish and Swedish maritime authorities are using divers, sonar and helicopters in the continued search for the body in Koge Bay, south of the city, and in the Oresund Strait between the two countries.

Madsen was charged with the manslaughter of Wall just hours before the remains were discovered. He denies the charge.

Madsen, an entrepreneur, artist, submarine builder and aerospace engineer, went before a judge on Saturday for preliminary questioning. The case is not open to the public to protect further investigation, police said.

Where is the submarine?

Madsen was rescued a day later after his UC3 Nautilus submarine sank, which police believe he did deliberately.

Police said they found nobody else in the wreck.

Anything else?

The Danish inventor is known for financing his submarine project through crowdfunding. The first launch of his 40-ton, nearly 18-meter-long UC3 Nautilus in 2008 made international headlines. He is also known to supposedly having a 'fetish' for German submarines, after one guest said the minute the submarine went under water, he would only speak German. One Danish journalist said he is known as an "eccentric" character.

Have the Wall family said anything?

Wall's family earlier told The Associated Press that Kim worked in many dangerous places as a journalist, but it was unimaginable that "something could happen ... just a few miles from the childhood home".

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