Police Confirm Woman's Torso Identified as Journalist Killed on Homemade Submarine

In this image taken from video on Monday Aug. 21 2017 shows police forensic investigators as they prepare to move a headless body of a woman that was found near Amager Denmark in the Baltic Sea where a missing Swedish journalist is believed to have

In this image taken from video on Monday Aug. 21 2017 shows police forensic investigators as they prepare to move a headless body of a woman that was found near Amager Denmark in the Baltic Sea where a missing Swedish journalist is believed to have

On Wednesday, police confirmed an autopsy conducted on Tuesday night revealed metal attached to the torso and that "the body bears the mark of having, most likely, been inflicted deliberate damage with the objective of ensuring that gasses can pass out of the body - possibly in an attempt to avoid that a body rises from the seabed".

Her head, arms and legs had been "deliberately cut off" and searches are continuing for the rest of the body.

A Swedish journalist named Kim Wall, 30, has been missing since August 11, after boarding a privately built submarine owned by 46-year-old Danish man Peter Madsen, according to CNN.

He changed his story when he appeared in court two days later, saying she had died in an accident and he had buried her at sea.

"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 after the torso was found.

The case is not open to the public to protect further investigations, police said.

Ms Wall died after embarking on board a submarine owned by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, 46.

The boat was reported missing that evening and Madsen was eventually rescued, claiming the craft had suffered an accident that caused its ballast tanks to take on water and sink.

Update 8/23 11 a.m.: Copenhagen police confirmed Wednesday morning that the torso found Tuesday was Kim Wall's, according to the New York Times.

Divers and helicopters as well as the sound navigation and ranging technique have been used by Danish and Swedish maritime authorities in the continued search for Wall in Koge Bay and in the Oresund Strait between Denmark and Sweden.

Earlier, police confirmed the torso belonged to the reporter who had been missing for almost two weeks. This was the last time she was seen alive. He denies having anything to do with Wall's disappearance. Authorities were able to use DNA from Wall's toothbrush and hairbrush to match with blood found in the recovered submarine and the torso. Madsen's defence lawyer said her client still maintains that he didn't kill Wall. A torso was found floating in the Copenhagen Harbor, which sounds similar to the Kim Wall case.

The UC3 Nautilus was a seperate project that was spearheaded by Madsen and was built with the help of the collective.

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 have said that they believe the submarine was deliberately sunk.

Jose went to journalism school with Wall at Columbia University in NY.

"She has found and told stories from different parts of the globe, stories that must be written".

In a statement posted to Facebook, Wall's mother, Ingrid Wall, spoke of the family's "immense grief and shock" on learning that the journalist's remains had been found, and said many questions remained unanswered.

"The tragedy has not only affected us and the other family, but friends and colleagues all over the world", Ms Wall continued.

"She gave a voice to the weak, the vulnerable and marginalized people".

"It was challenging, but we were there to tell the story of this island nation that's suffering from climate change effects and the USA nuclear legacy on the island", she said.

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