‘She gave a voice to the weak, the vulnerable’: Friends and family remember journalist Kim Wall as new charges are brought against submarine inventor [UPDATE]

Danish police have identified the body of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall after forensic scientists examined a headless torso that was found floating in the ocean, as reported by The Globe and Mail.

READ MORE: Police: DNA of headless torso matches Swedish journalist, her arms and legs ‘deliberately cut off’ and her body weighted down to sink

The naked torso was found near a beach on Copenhagen and DNA tests have proven that it belonged to the Sweden-born journalist. Wall went missing after taking a submarine ride with local inventor Peter Madsen, 46, who is suspected of murdering the 30-year-old journalist, as previously reported by Crime Online.

Madsen has been arrested and charged with negligent manslaughter, though that charge will liked be upped to murder. He has been in police custody since August 12 and has given an ever-shifting narrative to local authorities.

Since being taken into custody, police have added the charge of indecent handling of a corpse.

At first, he told police that he dropped Wall off at the pier after a successful submarine ride. Then, he changed his story to say that his submarine sank and he was forced to bury her at sea. However, investigators found weighted pieces of metal inside of Wall’s torso, suggesting it was intended to be weighed down to the bottom of the ocean, according to New York Post. The air had deliberately been squeezed out of her lungs as well, it has been reported.

Police recovered the sunken vessel, which they now suspect was downed purposefully by Madsen to cover his tracks. Blood covered the inside of the 40-ton submarine, investigators have noted.

Wall’s mother, Ingrid Wall, took to Facebook to mourn her daughter, now that the body has officially been identified.

“It is with boundless sadness and dismay we received the message that the remains of our daughter and sister Kim Wall have been found,” she wrote. “During the horrendous days that have passed since Kim disappeared, we have received countless evidence of how loved and appreciated she was, both as a person and friend and as a professional journalist.”

“She gave a voice to the weak, the vulnerable and marginalized people. That voice would have been needed for a long, long time. Now it won’t be so.”

Friends and colleagues concur with the victim’s mother, with many commending Wall’s bravery and dedication to her craft. One Swedish colleague noted with sadness that it is “a black irony that Kim, who has been in North Korea…would disappear in Denmark.”

“The Swedish journalist Kim Wall was a rush of positive energy, a force so alive that it always felt good simply to be around her,” wrote Alexis Okeowo in The New Yorker:

Okeowo continued:

“She was researching a story idea that she would later pitch to magazines and, as a result, was working without any institutional backing. When she died, none of the editors she worked with knew exactly where she was, or what she was doing; she was at the mercy of her interview subject’s decency, and of her environment’s hospitality—a risk familiar to nearly every independent female reporter.”

Madsen will appear in court on September 5. The strange circumstances surrounding Wall’s murder has caused Danish police to open some cold cases, including the 1986 find of the dismembered remains of a 22-year-old Japanese tourist whose corpse was found in several plastic bags in Copenhagen harbor, as reported by Associated Press.

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