Danish submarine owner faces further charge over Swedish reporter's death

Elias Hubbard
August 26, 2017

Danish police say the size of a headless female torso found on the shoreline in Copenhagen suggests it could be that of a Swedish journalist who died after taking a submarine ride with the vessel's Danish inventor.

Investigators say Wall's body was "deliberately" mutilated and weighed down with a metal object to try to prevent its detection.

Danish prosecutors are seeking to charge Madsen with murder and have until 5 September to request an extension of his custody.

According to Copenhagen police, Madison is now being held on manslaughter charges after the inventor told the investigators that Wall died in an "unspecified accident" and he buried her at sea.

Her blood was found inside Madsen's 18-metre Nautilus submarine, which he is believed to have sank intentionally.

An eccentric inventor described as fanatical and foul-tempered, Peter Madsen's career has been punctuated by stories of professional fallouts, mood swings and a willingness to go it alone.

A private submarine sits on a pier in Copenhagen Harbour, Denmark.

Police charged Madsen with the involuntary manslaughter of Wall - a charge carrying a sentence of between five years and life in prison - on August 11 when he was rescued after his submarine sank. The volunteers were engaged in a dispute over the Nautilus between 2014 and 2015, before members of the board made a decision to transfer the vessel's ownership to Madsen, according to the Nautilus website.

"That curse is me".

The case is not open to the public to protect further investigations, police said.

Wall, 30, who has been featured in major publications like the New York Times, the Guardian and Vice Magazine, was last seen departing with Madsen, 46, in his homemade sub on its ill-fated voyage last week. She had planned to move to Beijing to pursue her career, Cong said.

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