The body of a missing Swedish journalist is not on board a crowdfunded submarine that sank off the Danish coast on Friday, police have revealed.
Officers had been hoping to find the remains of 30-year-old Kim Wall on board the wreckage of the UC3 Nautilus submarine which was wrecked in Copenhagen harbour on Friday.
Miss Wall was last seen on board the vessel with amateur builder Peter Madsen who is now being held on suspicion of negligent manslaughter.
Danish investigators say they have found evidence the Nautilus was sunk deliberately as they continue land and sea searches for any sign of Miss Wall, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.
Miss Wall’s family have not heard from her and police say they have been unable to contact her since she boarded the submarine (pictured overnight Saturday) on Thursday
The body of missing journalist Kim Wall, 30, (left) is not on board a submarine that sank in Copenhagen harbour after she was last seen on board, police say. Peter Madsen (right), who built the submarine himself before inviting Miss Wall along for the maiden voyage, is still under investigation for negligent manslaughter
The privately owned submarine, Nautilus, arriving in Copenhagen harbour today. Danish investigators say they have found evidence the Nautilus was sunk deliberately as they continue land and sea searches for any sign of Miss Wall
The UC3 Nautilus was raised from the bottom of Copenhagen harbour on Saturday night where it had been under 8m (24ft) of water since sinking on Friday morning
The freelance reporter boarded the sub, which was built by Madsen, on Thursday night in order to write a story about it.
On Friday morning the Danish Navy were scrambled to help the stricken sub, before reporting it sunk at 10.45am.
Madsen claims he was the only one on board at the time, and that he dropped Miss Wall off at the mouth of the harbour shortly after 10pm the previous night.
But Danish police on Sunday said he has given them several conflicting accounts of what had happened, without elaborating further.
Miss Wall’s family and boyfriend have not heard from her since she boarded the submarine and police have been unable to contact her.
Around the time he claimed to have dropped Miss Wall off, Madsen sent a mysterious text to a friend saying she had left the vessel and cancelling a trip he was supposed to be taking on the submarine the following day, according to local reports.
He did not respond to questions from the friend about why he had dropped Miss Wall off or why the trip was being cancelled.
Madsen was arrested on manslaughter charges on Saturday before a judge ordered that he be held in custody while investigations are carried out.
Police technicians are pictured investigating the rescued private owned submarine UC3 Nautilus today
Despite not finding Miss Wall’s body, Danish investigators are continuing to search in water and on land for any sign of her
Madsen claims he dropped Miss Wall off at the mouth of the harbour and was the only one on board when his craft (pictured right) sank
The 40-ton, 18-meter long Nautilus, one of three subs built by Madsen, was found by divers under 7m (24ft) of water, though they were unable to enter it safely
Speaking to reporters at court, Madsen said ‘there is something I really want to tell you later’, without elaborating any further.
The prosecutor asked for doors to the hearing to be closed as information likely to distress Miss Wall’s family was about to be heard.
The 40-ton, 18-meter long Nautilus, one of three subs built by Madsen, was found by divers under 7m (24ft) of water, though they were unable to enter it safely.
A salvage ship, the Vina, has now raised the sub from the sea bed close to Copenhagen’s south island of Dragoer and brought it back to shore to be inspected.
Authorities were alerted that something had gone wrong with the submarine by Miss Wall’s boyfriend after she failed to return home, prompting a major search operation involving two helicopters, three ships and several private boats.
Kristian Isbak, who had responded to the Navy’s call to help locate the ship, sailed out immediately Friday and saw Madsen standing wearing his trademark military fatigues in the submarine’s tower while it was still afloat.
Divers had located the submarine underwater on Friday but were unable to enter it safely
The submarine was reported missing early on Friday by Miss Wall’s boyfriend after she failed to return home, prompting a major search operation by the Danish Navy
‘He then climbed down inside the submarine and there was then some kind of air flow coming up and the submarine started to sink,’ Isbak told The Associated Press.
‘(He) came up again and stayed in the tower until water came into it’ before swimming to a nearby boat as the submarine sank, he added.
Madsen said there was a valve error that became serious when he tried to repair it.
Footage aired on Denmark’s TV2 channel showed Madsen, 46, getting off what seemed to be a private boat and making a thumbs up sign as he walked away.
Upon his rescue from Køge Bay, Madsen said: ‘I’m fine. But I’m sorry because ‘Nautilus’ has gone down.’
Miss Wall is a freelance journalist who graduated with a masters from Columbia University before going on to write about identity, gender, pop-culture, social justice and foreign policy.
Madsen, pictured above in 2008 in front of his submarine, was seen standing the tower of the still-floating submarine moments before it sank, according to a rescuer
Peter Madsen, who built the submarine himself before inviting Miss Wall along for the maiden voyage, is still under investigation for negligent manslaughter as investigators say there is evidence it was wrecked deliberately
She is from Sweden but spent time living in New York and Beijing. Her writing has appeared in Harpers, The Guardian, New York Times, Foreign Policy, Vice Magazine, Slate, South China Morning Post, The Atlantic, Roads & Kingdoms, and TIME.
The submarine was Madsen’s third attempt at building such a structure and was the largest privately built submarine in the world at the time of its launch.
The Nautilus was a diesel-electric submarine. The diesel engine is uses when sailing or propelling just below the surface, while the electrical engine is used when the submarine is deep below the water’s surface.
It was built like a post-World War II submarine, with a galley, crew bunks, officer’s mass, bridge and engine room.
It’s named after the famed submarine manned by Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo character in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.