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

The submarine UC3 Nautilus. Pic Frumperino Wikipedia

"At latest on September 5, we will try to hold [Peter Madsen] in custody on a murder charge. after her [dismembered] body was found", special prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen told AFP this afternoon.

On Wednesday a headless torso found in waters off Denmark was identified as belonging to Ms Wall.

The police report that the head, arms, and legs had been deliberately cut off the torso, but Madsen's lawyer said that her client continues to claim he is innocent and that Wall died in an accident on board that sub, according to BBC News.

Wall was last seen on that day in an image that allegedly showed her standing with Madsen in the tower of the submarine in a Copenhagen harbor.

Ms Wall was a respected freelance journalist who wrote for publications such as the New York Times, Harpers and the Guardian.

Mr Madsen was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter the day after Ms Wall was last seen. In the meantime, Wall's family, friends, and professional community are mourning the loss of the revered journalist, while also expressing shock and sadness at her sudden, tragic death.

Betina Hald Engmark was quoted in Danish BT tabloid as saying that "no matter what, we find it very positive that she has been found now".

The discovery has now led detectives to review a 1986 case, when body parts of a Japanese tourist were found in bags at separate locations in the waters around the city.

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Mr Jensen would not comment on the cause of death but said forensic investigations were still being carried out and police were looking for the rest of her body.

Rather than dismiss it as a weird piece of Nordic true crime (that will in all likelihood be dramatised or turned into a narrative documentary in time by commissioning editors), Wall was a real journalist going out of her way to tell an interesting story she did not need to tell.

Wall, a Sweden-born freelance journalist, studied at the Sorbonne university in Paris, the London School of Economics and at Columbia University in NY, where she graduated with a master's degree in journalism in 2013. "It's a true testament to the impact she's had on others", she said.

He initially told police he had let the journalist off the submarine on an island.

Ms. Franzén remembered her friend - who was a graduate of the London School of Economics and had two master's degrees from Columbia University - as not only courageous, but also modest.

She was researching a feature about Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor who built his private 40-tonne submarine, UC3 Nautilus, through crowdfunding in 2008.

Ms Wall 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 family said.

The New York Times, too, drew parallels with the Scandinavian crime genre, even going so far as to contact the screenwriter behind The Bridge - one of the most popular "Scandi-dramas" - for comment. And why wouldn't he bring her body to shore? DNA tests have confirmed the torso was Wall's and dried blood found inside the submarine, which somehow sank during the trip, also matched her DNA.



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