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Missing Journalist 'Died At Sea'

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A Swedish journalist who was missing since Aug. 11 after she boarded a privately built submarine died on the vessel, said the submarine's owner.

Kim Wall, 30, boarded the vessel to write a story about its inventor, 46-year-old Peter Madsen. Madsen has been charged with negligent manslaughter after authorities said he "told police and the court that there was an accident onboard the sub that led to the death of Kim Wall, and that he subsequently buried her at sea in an undefined location of the Koge Bay," reports the Guardian.

"We believe he is telling the truth when he says she died in the submarine," said Danish Police Chief President Steen Hansen.

Authorities are still searching for Wall's body, according to Metro.

Wall had been working on a feature about Madsen and his submarine, the UC3 Nautilus, believed to be the largest vessel of its kind. The inventor, known in Denmark as "Rocket Madsen," gained notoriety in the region after he built the craft in 2008, and later attempted to create a spacecraft.

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Madsen had initially told police he had dropped Wall off on land, but later gave them a "different explanation."

The man was ordered to be held in custody for 24 days, according to CNN. His lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, said that Madsen "accepts the arrest but still denies the crime."

"He wants to collaborate with the police and give investigators all of the information needed in the case," she said.

"My client has not confessed to anything, my client still pleads not guilty to the charges against him," added Engmark, BBC reports.

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Wall, a graduate of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and the London School of Economics, had written for publications such as The New York Times and Time about foreign policy and social justice.

After some details of the case were released to the public, the high-profile nature of the case has captured the curiosity of many in Denmark, including author Lorne Theils.

"This story is endlessly fascinating and as in any good crime novel we find the truth piece by piece," said Theils, according to The New York Times. "There’s still a lot of mystery and lots of speculation. Everybody here has their own theories on what happened."

"There’s still a lot of mystery and lots of speculation. Everybody here has their own theories on what happened," the author added. "Denmark is such a small country and everybody feels close. A colleague of mine's brother has a friend who knows [Madsen]."

She added that another colleague knows Wall's parents, as well.

"There's a dark irony in Kim, who traveled to North Korea and reported from Haiti, should disappear in Denmark," wrote Wall's colleague, Victoria Greve. "Perhaps it speaks to the vulnerability of female freelance journalists. To work alone and do everything. Kim can photograph and shoot film as a complement to the texts."

Sources: CNN, The Guardian, Metro, BBC, The New York Times / Featured Image: Joi Ito/Flickr / Embedded Images: anjamation/Flickr, Rod Ramsey/Flickr

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