Tuesday 24 April 2018

Piece of metal was attached to journalist's headless torso 'likely with the purpose to make it sink'

Police search a waterway for body remains related to the ongoing Kim Wall murder investigation at the west coast of Amager close to Copenhagen, Denmark (Jens Dresling / ritzau via AP)
Police search a waterway for body remains related to the ongoing Kim Wall murder investigation at the west coast of Amager close to Copenhagen, Denmark (Jens Dresling / ritzau via AP)

Jon Sharman

The body of journalist Kim Wall was intentionally weighed down with a piece of metal, police in Denmark have said.

Ms Wall's headless, limbless torso was found on Monday and her identity confirmed on Wednesday.

The experienced foreign correspondent was allegedly killed on board a submarine owned by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, 46.

Police said a piece of metal was attached to her body "likely with the purpose to make it sink".

Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who was on board the submarine “UC3 Nautilus” before it sank in the strait between Denmark and Sweden. Photo: TT News Agency/Tom Wall
Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who was on board the submarine “UC3 Nautilus” before it sank in the strait between Denmark and Sweden. Photo: TT News Agency/Tom Wall

Mr Madsen told a court she Ms Wall, 30, died in an accident and that he "buried" her at sea, changing his previous statement that he dropped her off alive in Copenhagen. He denies killing her.

Ms Wall had been missing since the pair went out to sea aboard the 18m UC3 Nautilus craft on August 10. The submarine sank the next day and Mr Madsen was rescued.

Danish and Swedish maritime authorities had used divers, sonar and helicopters in the search for Ms Wall's body in Koge Bay, south of Copenhagen, and in the Oresund Strait between the two countries, before it was spotted by a passing cyclist.

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