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Missing Journalist Kim Wall’s Headless Body Found by Danish Police

Copenhagen authorities say Wall’s head, arms and legs had “deliberately been cut off”

The headless torso of Swedish journalist Kim Wall was found on a beach off Copenhagen, according to Danish police.

Copenhagen police said Wall’s head, arms and legs had “deliberately been cut off” her body, according to the Associated Press. DNA tests confirmed the torso is from the body of Wall and police are still searching for the rest of her body.

The body “washed ashore after having been at sea for a while,” Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen told the AP.

Wall was last seen on Danish inventor Peter Madsen’s homemade submarine on Aug. 10. Police believe Madsen deliberately sank the submarine. He has been arrested on preliminary manslaughter charges and says the death was an accident. Wall’s blood was found inside the submarine.

Wall has worked as a reporter for several outlets, including The New York Times and Vice. Madsen is a Danish inventor who crowdfunded the construction of the submarine, Nautilus, in 2008. When the submarine sank, Madsen initially blamed the incident on “a minor problem with a ballast tank” that “turned into a major issue.”

Madsen initially said that Wall had been on the submarine but disembarked the evening prior to the sinking. When asked why he did not respond to radio contact when the submarine went down, Madsen originally cited “technical problems.”