Danish inventor admits to burying missing journalist at sea before his submarine sank

A Danish inventor is charged with involuntary manslaughter after admitting to police that the Swedish journalist who went missing after boarding his submarine is dead and is buried at sea.

Police said Monday that Peter Madsen, 46, revealed that journalist Kim Wall, 30, died before his submarine sunk, and he had buried her at sea, reports The New York Times.

Wall had gone out on Madsen’s vessel, the UC3 Nautlilus, known as the world’s largest privately-built submarine, on August 10. When the two did not return on time, Wall’s boyfriend immediately notified police.

Madsen, who had been rescued from the sinking submarine, initially told authorities that he had dropped Wall off the night of August 10 in a remote section of the port of Copenhagen before the vessel went down.

The UC3 Nautilus was found 22 feet below sea level and was brought to shore not long after it sank. Authorities were using sonar and divers to locate Wall’s body along the route the submarine took.

According to the report, Madsen told police this latest version of his story on August 12, a day after his arrest, but police are just releasing the information Monday. They explained that the details were kept under wraps out of respect for Wall’s family, and for the sake of the investigation. Copenhagen police made a statement saying that no further information will be released.

“The accused has told police and the court that an accident occurred on board the submarine which caused Kim Wall’s death, and that he subsequently buried her at sea at an unspecified location somewhere in Køge Bay. Copenhagen Police can additionally confirm that the current charges remain in place. No further information will be given with regard to the investigation of the case, since it is being conducted behind closed doors.”

Betina Hald Engmark, Madsen’s lawyer, says her client is cooperating with police, and is maintaining his innocence.

Wall was a freelance journalist who has written for multiple publications, including The New York Times. She graduated from Columbia University in New York.