Danish police: Headless torso could belong to submarine journalist

COPENHAGEN, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Danish police said on Tuesday the size of a headless female torso found on the sea's edge in Copenhagen suggested it could be that of a Swedish journalist who died after taking a submarine ride with the vessel's Danish inventor.

Police said divers were still searching the area and they were investigating reports of other body parts that may have been spotted in Copenhagen harbor.

Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been charged with killing Kim Wall, a Swedish journalist, in his home-made submarine.

"We're dealing with a torso where arms, legs and head were cut off deliberately. The length of the torso doesn't speak against it being Kim Wall, but we still don't know," Copenhagen police spokesman Jens Moller said in a video statement.

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A photo of Swedish journalist Kim Wall who was aboard a submarine "UC3 Nautilus" before it sank. TT NEWS AGENCY/ Tom Wall Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN. NO COMMERCIAL SALES. MANDATORY CREDIT
Members of the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) assist police in the search in the Kim Wall case at Kalvebod Faelled in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 23, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Martin Sylvest/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
The home-made submarine "UC3 Nautilus", built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his submarine, sails in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10, 2017. Picture taken August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Thompson
Danish submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen lands with the help of the Danish defence in Dragor Harbor south of Copenhagen, Denmark August 11, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Bax Lindhardt/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
The home-made submarine "UC3 Nautilus", built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his submarine, sails in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10, 2017. Picture taken August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Thompson
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 12: A salvage vessel arrives a Copenhagen Harbor with the privately owned and built submarine, Nautilus, which sank near Copenhagen Friday morning, and where the suspected murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall is assumed to have taken place, on August 12, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 7 metres of water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Peter Madsen, Danish inventor, engineer, rocket- and u-boat builder, talks about entrepreneurship during Danish Business Day event held in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 9, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Ida Marie Odgaard/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
A unit of the Swedish Sea Rescue Society searches for the missing swedish journalist Kim Wall, at the Lundakra Bay between Barsebaeck and Landskrona on August 15, 2017. The Swedish journalist is missing after a trip with Danish inventor Peder Madsen's DIY submarine Nautilus in Oresund. / AFP PHOTO / TT News Agency / Johan NILSSON / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read JOHAN NILSSON/AFP/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: The privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall, arrives to it's destination where further forensic police investigation wil take place near Copenhagen harbor on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: Police begin their forensic investigation work on the privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Danish submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen lands with the help of the Danish defence in Dragor Harbor south of Copenhagen, Denmark August 11, 2017. Picture taken August 11, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Bax Lindhardt/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: The privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall, is carried out of Copenhagen harbor on a truck for further forensic police investigation taking place near the harbor on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: The privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall, is carried out of Copenhagen harbor on a truck for further forensic police investigation taking place near the harbor on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: The privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall, arrives to it's destination where further forensic police investigation wil take place near Copenhagen harbor on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
A unit of the Swedish Sea Rescue Society searches for the missing swedish journalist, Kim Wall, at the Lundakra Bay, between Barsebaeck and Landskrona, on August 15, 2017. The Swedish journalist is missing after a trip with Danish inventor Peder Madsen's DIY submarine Nautilus in Oresund. / AFP PHOTO / TT News Agency / Johan NILSSON / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read JOHAN NILSSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Madsen told a court she had died in an accident on board the submarine and that he had buried her at sea, changing his earlier statement that he dropped her off alive in Copenhagen.

Police are conducting DNA tests to identify the torso - found on Monday by a passing cyclist - and the results are due Wednesday morning, Moller said.

The bizarre case has dominated Danish and Swedish media, and drawn interest from around the world.

Madsen has been charged with the manslaughter of Wall, who has been missing since he took her out to sea in his 17-meter (56 feet) submarine on Aug. 10. He denies the charge.

He was rescued a day later after his UC3 Nautilus sank in the narrow strait between Denmark and Sweden. Police found nobody else in the wreck.

Madsen, an entrepreneur, artist, submarine builder and aerospace engineer, went before a judge on Saturday for preliminary questioning. The case is closed to the public in order to protect further investigations, police said. (Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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