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Danish inventor charged with manslaughter as Kim Wall's body was identified

Danish inventor charged with manslaughter as Kim Wall's body was identified”

"At latest on September 5, we will try to hold him in custody on a murder charge. after her (dismembered) body was found", special prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen told AFP, referring to Peter Madsen.

Ms Wall's headless torso was later found naked and a search is being conducted for her clothes, Danish police said.

Posting to Facebook, Kim's mum Ingrid wrote: "It is with boundless sorrow and dismay that we received the news that the remains of our daughter and sister Kim wall have been found..."

A torso washed up to shore on Monday, and today, police said that the torso was attached to a piece of metal that they believe was used to weigh it down.

DNA testing by the Copenhagen police lab has identified the body as belonging to the 30-year old journalist missing since August 10, verifying that the dismemberment was intentional.

Crowds of people assembled for a candlelight vigil on Wednesday evening at Columbia University in New York City, where Wall studied journalism. He was initially detained for 24 days on preliminary manslaughter charges by Copenhagen City Court.

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".

That same day, Madsen was rescued from waters between Denmark and Sweden shortly before his submarine sank.

A person riding a bike on Copenhagen's southern Amager island spotted the torso, which was recovered in Koge Bay, some 30 miles south of the capital.

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Police still do not know the cause of Wall's death, and divers are searching for more body parts.

First, Madsen said he had dropped Wall off in port before heading back out where the sub ran into trouble and sunk to the bottom of the sea.

Artmann said his fascination with space had prompted him to invest 250,000 kroner (NZ$55,000) to support Madsen's space activities. Wall was reportedly working on a long form story about Madsen and his missions.

A DNA match between Ms Wall, the torso and blood found on the submarine was confirmed on Wednesday.

Before her death, she was busy in studying a feature about the inventor and Nautilus, which he built in the year 2008 with crowd funding.

Police charged Madsen with manslaughter, which carries a sentence of between five years and life in prison, on August 11 when he was rescued after his submarine sank.

As the investigation proceeds, hopefully Danish authorities will be able to shed more light on what exactly happened to Wall.

Wall, who attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and London School of Economics, was photographed standing on the UC3 Nautilus' tower as the 40-ton vessel departed Copenhagen on August 10. Her work appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and TIME among others.

The police are still looking for the rest of the victim's body.



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