Danish police: Swedish reporter's headless torso weighed down with metal

Kim Wall had been missing since August 10th

Danish police: Swedish reporter's headless torso weighed down with metal

A photograph made available to the German Press Agency on the 16 August 2017 shows the Danish submarine Nautilus in Copenhagen, Denmark. Picture by: Peter Thompson/DPA/PA Images

Updated: 17.20

The torso of a woman found in waters south of Copenhagen has been identified as missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Danish police say.

The 30-year-old had not been seen since she was spotted on a 60ft homemade submarine on 10 August with Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who built the sub Nautilus.

The freelance reporter had met with Madsen to interview him for a feature story she was writing.

A torso missing its head, legs and arms was discovered in Koge Bay on Monday by a passing cyclist and DNA was being compared to genetic material from relatives of Ms Wall.

"DNA match between torso and Kim Wall," Copenhagen Police tweeted on Wednesday.

Madsen initially told authorities he had dropped Ms Wall off on an island later on during the evening of 10 August.

He changed his story when he appeared in court, saying she had died in an accident and he had buried her at sea.

Madsen has been accused of negligent manslaughter. He denies any wrongdoing.

Ms Wall was reported missing by her boyfriend in the early hours of 11 August and a search for the sub Nautilus was launched.

In this image taken from video shows police forensic investigators as they prepare to move a headless body of a woman that was found near Amager Denmark in the Baltic Sea | Image: AP/Press Association Images

It resurfaced at around 10.30am, but sank soon afterwards and Madsen was rescued by the Danish Navy as it went down.

Police found no one else on board the vessel.

Madsen was arrested the same day.

The investigation is being carried out behind closed doors and little information has been made public.