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Headless torso found in Copenhagen 'is missing journalist Kim Wall'

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By Chris Harris  with REUTERS
Headless torso found in Copenhagen 'is missing journalist Kim Wall'

A female body found in Copenhagen is that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, say Danish police.

Wall had not been seen since going on a submarine ride with the vessel’s Danish inventor, Peter Madsen.

Madsen told a court she had died in an accident onboard the home-made submarine and that he had buried her at sea, changing his earlier statement that he had dropped her off alive in Copenhagen.

On Monday (August 21) a cyclist found a body – missing its head, legs and arms – at the water’s edge in the Danish capital.

Early on Wednesday, police announced they had identified the body.

DNA match between torso and Kim Wall,” the police said on Twitter, declining to comment further until a press briefing at 9am CET.

The bizarre case has dominated Danish and Swedish media, and drawn interest from around the world.

Madsen has been charged with the manslaughter of Wall, who has been missing since he took her out to sea in his 17-metre (56 feet) submarine on August 10.

He was rescued a day later after his UC3 Nautilus sank in the narrow strait between Denmark and Sweden. Police found nobody else in the wreck.

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

The case is closed to the public in order to protect further investigations, police said.