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Headless body identified as missing journalist

A headless torso found in waters off Denmark has been identified as missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Danish police say.

DNA from the torso matched that from Ms Wall’s hairbrush and toothbrush.
Chief investigator Jens Moller Jensen said that the torso had been weighted down with metal in an apparent attempt to stop it floating.
Ms Wall was last seen alive on 10 August as she departed on a submarine trip with inventor Peter Madsen.
The submarine sank hours after the search for Ms Wall began, after her partner reported that she had not returned from the trip. Mr Madsen, who designed and built the submarine, was charged with negligent manslaughter.
He initially said he had dropped her off safely near Copenhagen, but has since said she died in an accident and that he had “buried” her at sea.

Danish police believe the 40-tonne submarine was deliberately sunk by Mr Madsen.
Traces of blood have been found inside the submarine, and they also match Ms Wall.
The remains were found on a beach south of Copenhagen on Monday.
Mr Jensen would not comment on the cause of death but said forensic investigations were still being carried out and police were looking for the rest of her body.
As well as the metal attached to the torso, Mr Jensen said the remains were mutilated in what appeared to be an attempt to ensure that decomposition gases passed out of the body, to make it less likely to float.
Kim Wall’s mother Ingrid wrote of the family’s “boundless sorrow” at the news that her daughter’s remains had been found.
“During the horrendous days since Kim disappeared, we have received countless examples of how loved and appreciated she was, as a person and as a friend, as well as a professional journalist,” Ingrid Wall said in a family statement released on Facebook.
“From all corners of the world we have received testimony to how she was able to be a person who made a difference.”

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