Body found after Danish submariner admits to dumping journalist's body at sea

Kim Wall has not been seen since August 10 when she went on to the vessel to write a profile about the Danish inventor

epa06140357 (FILE) Swedish journalist Kim Wall poses for a picture in Sweden on 28 December 2015 (issued 12 August 2017). Swedish journalist Kim Wall  was onboard a private submarine 'UC3 Nautilus' owned by Peter Madsen. The submarine sank on 11 August in the day after being reported missing in the night of 10 August 2017. Media reports on 12 August 21017 state that Peter Madsen has been charged over the death of a Swedish female journalist who had been on board his vessel before it sank.  EPA/TOM WALL MANDATORY BYLINE:  TOM WALL

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A woman’s body has been found in the Baltic Sea close to where an amateur submariner confessed to dumping a journalist’s body after an accident on board his home-made craft, Danish police said.

The discovery of the torso at the water's edge came hours after Danish inventor Peter Madsen told officers that the reporter, Kim Wall, had died in an unspecified accident in the submarine and he had dumped her body at sea more than a week ago.

Police said it was too early to say whether the body was that of Ms Wall. She had visited the submarine to write a profile about the 46-year-old inventor and his submarine project.

Madsen was arrested in connection with Wall's disappearance after his submarine sank off Denmark's eastern coast. Police believed he deliberately scuttled the vessel to cover up what had happened.

The inventor initially told authorities that he had dropped the reporter off on a redeveloped island in Copenhagen’s harbour after a short trip on August 10.

He later changed his story to say that the woman had died in an accident but continued to deny any wrongdoing. He is being held on preliminary manslaughter charges.

Madsen was known for financing his submarine project through crowdfunding. The first launch of his 40-ton, nearly 18-meter-long UC3 Nautilus in 2008 made international headlines.

Wall's family said that she had worked in many dangerous places as a journalist and it was unimaginable "something could happen ... just a few miles from the childhood home." 
The 30-year-old was last seen atop the Nautilus submarine on Aug. 10, about to embark on a brief ride in the vessel. The journalist's boyfriend alerted authorities that the sub had not returned from a test run, police said.

Before his arrest, Madsen appeared on Danish television to discuss the submarine's sinking and his rescue.