COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The Latest on the headless body found in Denmark that police said matches with missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall (all times local):
The defense lawyer for the Danish inventor who is suspected of manslaughter in the case of Swedish journalist Kim Wall says her client stood by his “explanation that an accident happened” aboard a homemade submarine.
Danish police confirmed Wednesday that DNA tests from a headless torso found washed ashore off Copenhagen match with 30-year-old Wall, who was believed to have died on the submarine which sank on Aug. 11.
She was onboard the sub with Peter Madsen, who has denied wrongdoing.
Betina Hald Engmark was quoted in Danish BT tabloid as saying that “no matter what, we find it very positive that she has been found now.”
Madsen first claimed she disembarked from the submarine to a Copenhagen island several hours into their trip but later said “an accident occurred onboard that led to her death” and he “buried” her at sea.
The family of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose headless body was found on a beach off Copenhagen, says it received the confirmation of her death “with boundless sadness and dismay.”
In an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, the family says “the tragedy has hit not only us and other families, but friends and colleagues all over the world.”
The family said Kim Wall “found and told stories from different parts of the globe, stories that have to be written,” ranging from the Haitian earthquake to ousted dictator Idi Amin’s torture chamber in Uganda and mine fields in Sri Lanka.
Her parents and brother say the journalist gave “a voice to the weak, the vulnerable and marginalized people,” adding “a voice had been needed for a long time. Now it will not be.”
Police confirmed Wednesday that DNA from a headless torso found Monday matched that of Wall, who was believed to have died on a private submarine that sank.
Danish police say that a headless torso found in waters off Denmark was attached to a piece of metal, “likely with the purpose to make it sink.”
Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen told reporters Wednesday that the body, which was found Monday, had DNA that matched with missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on a homemade submarine that sank Aug.11.
He said that dried blood was found inside the submarine that also matched with Wall.
“On Aug. 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,” Moeller Jensen said.
Wall, 30, was last seen alive on inventor Peter Madsen’s submarine on Aug.10.
Danish police say a DNA test from a headless torso found in the Baltic Sea matches with missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on a private submarine.
Wall, 30, was last seen alive on inventor Peter Madsen’s submarine Aug 10. Madsen said he dropped her off on a Copenhagen island, but then told authorities “an accident occurred onboard that led to her death” and he “buried” her at sea.
The headless torso was found by a member of the public Monday near where she was believed to have died.
In a two line statement, police said Wednesday there was a match, adding a news conference would be held later in the day.