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Torso Belonging to Kim Wall Found

Torso Belonging to Kim Wall Found

Copenhagen- A headless torso was identified as belonging to Sweedish reporter Kim Wall, who went missing while researching a story on inventor Peter Madsen. On August 10th, Wall went with Madsen on his homemade submarine. The submarine sank on August 11th, and only Madsen returned to shore alive.
A passing cyclist came across the torso, which was missing its arms, legs, and head on Monday morning. A police spokesperson said that the torso had suffered significant damage “an attempt to make sure air and gas inside should leave the body so that it would not rise from the seabed. There was also some metal attached to the body, allegedly also to make sure the body would sink to the bottom.”
Though Madsen denies killing Wall, the state of the torso, as well as the missing limbs which had been sawed off, seem to point to foul play. The torso was confirmed to belong to Wall when they conducted a DNA test from a hair brush and tooth brush discovered on the submarine. Divers are currently searching for the remaining body parts.
Wall was a thirty-year-old freelance journalist, originally from Sweeden and had her work published in a wide variety of papers including The New York Times, The Atlantic and TIME. Her articles ran the gauntlet of subjects from social justice and pop culture to foreign policy. Wall was a well-educated person with degrees from Columbia University in New York and the London School of Economics.
46-year-old Madsen maintains that her death was accidental as a result of the sinking, which his lawyer Betina Hald Engmark reiterated. Madsen is being charged with manslaughter which can carry a sentence ranging from five years to life in prison.
Wall’s mother took to Facebook to express her grief over the death of her daughter, “it is with boundless sadness and dismay we received the message that the remains of our daughter and sister Kim Wall have been found,”
“During the horrendous days that have passed since Kim disappeared, we have received countless evidence of how loved and appreciated she was, both as a person and friend and as a professional journalist. From all corners of the world comes proof of Kim as a person who made a difference.”
Madsen’s original statement to police said that he returned her to Copenhagen alive and well, later changing his statement to say that he had accidentally buried Wall at sea.
As the UC3 Nautilus submarine sank, Madsen was rescued by a privately owned boat, and the ship was later searched by police who found no one else aboard. Wall was not reported missing until her boy friend called the police when she failed to return home. Once she was reported missing, the police quickly arrested Madsen.
A statement released by police said; “the defendant has explained to the police and the Court, that there was an accident on board which caused Kim Wall’s death and that he consequently buried her at sea at a non-defined location in the Bay of Køge.”
Crews have retrieved the 60-foot submarine from the water and are beginning a forensic examination in an attempt to discover just what happened to Wall.
The UC3 Nautilus is one of three submarines that Madsen built and is capable of transporting up to eight people and weighs in at around 40 tonnes. He funded the construction of the submarines through crowd funding and had aspirations of one day securing the funds and tech to send a home made rocket into space. Madsen’s aspirations earned him the nickname of ‘Rocket Madsen’ and made him an attractive subject for an interview. He is known to be a larger than life figure who sees himself as another Elon Musk, though not quite as successful.
Colleagues of Wall say that her death is a tragedy that sheds light on the dangers of freelance journalism. Victoria Greve wrote; “there’s a dark irony [that] Kim, who traveled to North Korea and reported from Haiti, should disappear in Denmark, perhaps it speaks to the vulnerability of female freelance journalists. To work alone and do everything.”
Kim Wall’s mother wrote of her daughter; “She gave a voice to the weak, the vulnerable and marginalized people. That voice would have been needed for a long, long time. Now it won’t be so.”

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