A Swedish journalist, a submarine and a murder

The submarine UC3 Nautilus. Pic Frumperino Wikipedia

The submarine UC3 Nautilus. Pic Frumperino Wikipedia

Kim Wall's body was discovered attached to a piece of metal "likely with the goal to make it sink", said the city's police chief Jens Moeller Jensen. Authorities announced Wednesday that they had matched Wall's DNA with a female torso, which was found without a head, legs or arms.

The experienced foreign correspondent was last seen boarding the 18m UC3 Nautilus craft on 10 August with Mr Madsen, who she was interviewing for a feature.

After initially saying he had dropped Wall off at the port of Copenhagen, Madsen later changed his story, claiming the reporter died in the accident during the journey that had damaged the craft and he had buried her "at sea".

DNA tests confirmed that the torso is Wall's, Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said on Wednesday.

Police still do not know the cause of death, and divers are searching for more body parts.

Wall, 30, was last seen alive on inventor Peter Madsen's submarine Aug 10.

The group split in 2014, and Nautilus is now owned by Madsen's company Rocket Madsen Space Lab, billed on its website as "a place where nothing is impossible and where science and innovation meet practical engineering".

Kazuko Toyonaga's headless body was discovered by a taxi driver close to the Copenhagen bay where Miss Wall's remains were found. On August 11, Madsen was arrested on a preliminary charge of manslaughter.

Madsen's defense lawyer said her client still maintains that Wall died accidentally, and that the discovery of her torso doesn't mean he's guilty of killing her.

This family handout photo released on August 12, 2017 shows Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

Dried blood belonging to Wall was also found inside the submarine, he said.

The journalist's mother, Ingrid Wall, wrote on her Facebook page, "It is with boundless sorrow and dismay that we received the news that the remains of our daughter and sister Kim Wall have been found".

The inventor is dubbed "Rocket Madsen" in a 2014 biography with the same title because he created the Rocket-Madsen Space Lab, funded by donations and which aimed to send privately built rockets into space.

Wall was first reported missing by her boyfriend when she failed to return home after what was supposed to be a quick trip on Madsen's submarine for a story she was working on.

A self-taught aerospace engineer, Madsen was one of a group of entrepreneurs who founded Copenhagen Suborbitals, a private consortium to develop and construct submarines and manned spacecraft. Police also suspect the submarine may have been deliberately sunk.

Wall, a graduate of Columbia University and London School of Economics, was based between Beijing and NY.

Wall's mother posted a note onto Facebook which read, "We can not see the end of the disaster yet, and a lot of questions are still to be answered".

"The tragedy has hit not only us and other families, but friends and colleagues all over the world", the family told the Associated Press.

Her family said that she had worked in many unsafe places as a journalist, and it was unimaginable "something could happen. just a few miles from the childhood home". The Swedish-born freelance journalist lived in New York and Beijing, and had written for the Guardian, the New York Times, the South China Morning Post and Vice magazine, among other publications.

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