Police are finally getting close to what really happened to murdered journalist Kim Wall
On the evening of August 10th 2017, 30-year-old investigative journalist Kim Wall went missing after meeting with Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor. Now, not even two weeks later, everybody's worst fears have been confirmed as a dismembered torso has been positively identified as the young woman.
Wall, a freelance writer from Sweden, had set out to interview Madsen about his inventions, and it is understood that the two embarked on a trip in his submarine, The Nautilus. When the journalist was reported missing by her boyfriend the next morning, Madsen was quick to defend himself, claiming that he had dropped the young woman off safely "after dark" the previous night - even though his submarine was spotted off the coast at midnight.
Suspicions were raised further when Madsen's vessel sank on August 11th - an event that the inventor claimed was due to “a minor problem with a ballast tank … [which] turned into a major issue”. However, two days later, Danish police opened an investigation into the sinking, which they now believe was deliberate.
After that point, Madsen's story became confusing and convoluted. Backtracking on his original plea of innocence, the 46-year-old then stated that Wall had died in an "accident" on board, and that he had "buried her at sea". With not enough to warrant a murder charge, police arrested Madsen on suspicion of negligent manslaughter.
Wall's family were understandably distraught, but still no evidence had emerged to confirm or refute the inventor's claims. Friends and other locals posted pleas on social media for any information, and police began a search of the area where Wall was last seen alive.
Tragically, though, on Monday 21st August - just ten days after the investigation was opened - a body washed up on the same coastline where Wall had met with Madsen. Missing its head and limbs, the torso was determined by police to have been "mutilated in an apparent attempt to ensure that decomposition gases passed out of the body", and had been weighed down in an obvious move to prevent it from washing ashore.
Though the rest of the body has not yet been found, lead investigator Jens Moller Jensen confirmed that DNA evidence proved it was Wall. Blood found on The Nautilus was also matched to the journalist.
“It is with boundless sadness and shock that we received news that the remains of our daughter and sister Kim Wall have been found,” wrote Kim's mother, Ingrid Wall, in a heartfelt Facebook post on Wednesday. She went on to say that, "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."
Despite all the evidence, Madsen is still claiming he had no deliberate involvement in Wall's death. Betina Hald Engmark, Madsen's lawyer, supported him on this: "My client has not confessed to anything, my client still pleads not guilty to the charges against him".
As the court case is not being made public, further details on Madsen's claims are yet to be reported. For now, he maintains his innocence.