Kim Wall: Police confirm headless torso found in Copenhagen waterway belonged to journalist

Kim Wall: Police confirm headless torso found in Copenhagen waterway belonged to journalist

Kim Wall: Police confirm headless torso found in Copenhagen waterway belonged to journalist

Updated 23 August 2017, 18:20 AEST

Police confirm a headless female torso found on a Copenhagen shoreline belonged to missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who died after taking a submarine ride with the vessel's Danish inventor.

A headless female torso found on a Copenhagen shoreline has been identified as missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who died after taking a submarine ride with the vessel's Danish inventor, police say.

Key points:

  • The headless and limbless torso was found by a cyclist on Monday
  • Police said a piece of metal was attached "likely with the purpose to make it sink"
  • Submarine inventor denied manslaughter charge

Peter Madsen has been charged with killing the 30-year-old in his home-made submarine earlier this month.

The torso was found on Monday.

Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said the body had DNA that matched with Ms Wall, who is believed to have died on the homemade submarine that sank on August 11.

He said dried blood was found inside the submarine that also matched with Ms Wall.

"On August 12 we secured a hair brush and a toothbrush to ensure her DNA. We also found blood in the submarine and there is a match," Mr Moeller Jensen said.

He told reporters the body was attached to a piece of metal "likely with the purpose to make it sink".

Mr Moeller Jensen added the body "washed ashore after having been at sea for a while" and police found marks on the torso indicating someone tried to press air out of the body so it would fall to the bottom and would not float.

The body was found by a passing cyclist and police said then it was too early to identify the body which was missing its head, legs and arms.

Madsen has been charged with manslaughter of Wall, who has been missing since he took her out to sea in his 17-metre submarine on August 10. He denies the charge.

He was rescued a day after his UC3 Nautilus sank. Police found nobody else on the vessel.

Danish and Swedish maritime authorities used divers, sonar and helicopters in the search for the body in Koge Bay, south of the city, and in the Oresund Strait between the two countries.

Madsen, an entrepreneur, artist, submarine builder and aerospace engineer, appeared before a judge for preliminary questioning.

The case is not open to the public to protect further investigations, police said.

Ms Wall, a Sweden-born freelance journalist, studied at the Sorbonne university in Paris, the London School of Economics and at Columbia University in New York, where she graduated with a master's degree in journalism in 2013.

She lived in New York and Beijing, her family said, and had written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the South China Morning Post and Vice Magazine, among other publications.

Reuters