Wall was last seen interviewing Peter Madsen about his self-designed submarine, which suspiciously sank a day after the interview.
Madsen had been arrested on preliminary manslaughter charges. He had originally told police that Wall had disembarked from his submarine before going missing but later admitted that "an accident occurred onboard that led to her death," and he "buried" her at sea.
A resident discovered the body (with the arms and legs "deliberately ... cut off," according to police) while biking near the spot where Wall went missing. Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen says the body had been attached to metal "likely with the purpose to make it sink" and that it had "washed ashore after having been at sea for a while."
It also seemed likely someone had tried to press the air out of the lungs so that the body would not float, as evidenced by marks on the torso, Time reports.
Wall's dried blood was later discovered in the submarine.
"On August 12, we secured a hair brush and a toothbrush to ensure her DNA. We also found blood in the submarine and there is a match," Moeller Jensen said.
How, exactly, Wall died remains a mystery.
“It is with boundless sadness and shock that we received news that the remains of our daughter and sister Kim Wall have been found,” Ingrid Wall, Kim's mother, wrote on Facebook. “We cannot yet grasp the extent of this catastrophe and there are many questions that must be answered.”
The story has gripped Denmark's public: “It began with a crazy scientist who we thought was a victim, as his submarine disappeared accidentally with a Swedish journalist onboard,” said Christian Jensen, editor in chief of Politiken, the largest daily newspaper in the country. “Our emotions were completely turned around as he went from victim to possible perpetrator.”
“This is a story about the bright Nordic region where dark forces lurk underneath the surface of our well-kept welfare states,” Mr. Jensen added. “There is an undercurrent of evil, and that’s the noir also found in literature. But the submarine captain is not normal. He broke the norms with his rockets and submarines, and with his alleged crime he broke the norms again.”
Wall had been a writer for the The New York Times, The Guardian, the South China Morning Post and Vice Magazine, among other publications.
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