Woman's Torso Found During Search for Journalist Kim Wall's Body

Image via AP.
Image via AP.

Investigators searching for journalist Kim Wall have reportedly found a woman’s torso on an island in Copenhagen. Wall has been missing since conducting an interview with submarine builder Peter Madsen in early August; he reportedly said she died in an accident on board the vessel, and that he buried her at sea.

The Independent reports that authorities are saying it’s too early to identify the body as Kim Wall’s. The head, arms, and legs have all been removed from the torso, which was seen floating in the Baltic sea near the shore by a passerby:

“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.


Madsen was arrested shortly after his submarine, the Nautilus, sank off the coast of Denmark. He has been charged with manslaughter, and the case is being conducted in private with few details of Madsen’s story released to the public. His lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, said in an interview with Denmark’s TV2, that he “accepts the arrest but still denies the crime.”

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Uhhhh ... throwing a body overboard and then lying about it doesn’t seem like a natural way to respond to an accident at sea. If this really is her body, then dismembering the body of the accident victim seems like a really unusual decision.