DNA of headless torso matches Swedish journalist believed killed in amateur submarine

Danish police on Wednesday identified a headless female torso found in waters off Copenhagen as that of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who police believe was killed on a homemade submarine.

“DNA match between torso and Kim Wall,” the police said on Twitter, declining to comment further until a press briefing at 3 a.m. ET.

Danish inventor Peter Madsen, charged with killing Wall on his homemade submarine, told the court she had died in an accident and that he “buried” her at sea, changing his previous statement that he dropped her off alive in Copenhagen.

The body was found on Monday by a passing cyclist and police said then it was too early to identify the body which was missing its head, legs and arms.

Madsen has been charged with manslaughter of Wall who has been missing since he took her out to sea in his 17-metre submarine on August 10. He denies the charge.

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Kim Wall, shown in a 2015 handout photo, was working on a profile of Peter Madsen when she disappeared. (Tom Wall/Associated Press)

He was rescued a day after his UC3 Nautilus sank. Police found nobody else on the vessel. Danish and Swedish maritime authorities used divers, sonar and helicopters in the search for the body in Koge Bay, south of the city, and in the Oresund Strait between the two countries.

Madsen, an entrepreneur, artist, submarine builder and aerospace engineer, appeared before a judge on Aug. 12 for preliminary questioning. The case is not open to the public to protect the investigation, police said.

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