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Danish inventor alters account, torso found in Copenhagen

A woman’s torso has been found on a shore in the south of the Danish capital of Copenhagen, hours after a Danish inventor held over the case of a missing journalist said she had died on board his home-made submarine and he had dumped the body at sea, changing his previous account.

Police said a passing cyclist found a body without head, legs, and arms on a southern shore in Copenhagen on Monday.

The inventor, Peter Madsen, had told investigators that he had dropped off Swedish journalist Kim Wall — who had been accompanying him on board his submarine — in Copenhagen.  But he later changed his narrative, saying that Kim had died in an accident on board his vessel and that he had “buried her at sea.”

“It is clear that the police, like the media and everybody else, is speculating whether this female body is Kim Wall, but it is way too soon to tell,” Copenhagen police spokesman Jens Moller said after the torso was found.

The police spokesman said the corpse had been sent for forensic examination. Divers continued to search the area in the meantime.

Peter Madsen, the builder of the private submarine “UC3 Nautilus,” is pictured in Dragoer Harbor, south of Copenhagen, on August 11, 2017, following a rescue operation that saved him. (Photo by AFP)

Wall went missing after she boarded Madsen’s submarine on August 10 to write an article about his work. The submarine, the UC3 Nautilus, reportedly sank and the owner was rescued the next day. Wall was not in the wreck, which was found later in Koge Bay, south of Copenhagen.

Madsen has been charged with the manslaughter of the 30-year-old journalist, a charge he denies.

Divers and helicopters as well as the sound navigation and ranging technique have been used by Danish and Swedish maritime authorities in the continued search for Wall in Koge Bay and in the Oresund Strait between Denmark and Sweden.

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