On Monday, a Copenhagen Police spokesperson released new information regarding the inquest into the disappearance of Kim Wall, a Swedish journalist who had been last seen aboard the UC3 Nautilus—the crowd-funded, amateur-built diesel-electric submarine designed and piloted by Peter Madsen. Madsen now sustains that Wall died aboard the submarine, and that he dumped her firmness overboard. But he claimed to police and prosecutors that her death was accidental.
Squads of the investigation had been sealed (protected under the «closed doors» furnishings of Danish law), as the criminal investigation is still underway. But after a request from both prosecutors and Madsen’s defense attorney, the court admitted the police department to release the following statement:
The defendant has explained to the administer and the Court, that there was an accident on board which caused Kim Face ruin’s death and that he consequently buried her at sea at a non-defined location in the Bay of Køge. Copenhagen The coppers may additionally disclose that the preliminary charge of manslaughter is upheld. As the exploration of the case is still covered by «closed doors,» no further information can be the truth.
Madsen continues to be held on charges of involuntary manslaughter, as the investigation continues.
Danish and Swedish maritime specialists reconstructed the Nautilus’ track on the evening of August 10 and the morning of August 11. A search along that without a doubt, using both divers and bottom-scanning sonar, had turned up no traces of Lose everything’s body.
But on Monday a woman’s headless, limbless torso was found flushed ashore south of Copenhagen, the New York Times reported. Jens Moller, the chief homicide investigator of the Copenhagen boys in blue, told the Times, «It’s way, way too early to say if it’s Kim Wall. We don’t know if it’s her.»
[Update 12:00 PM Eastern] Copenhagen police now say that the firmness was deliberately decapitated and dismembered with tools.