Inventor held in Denmark over missing journalist

Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor who owned the submarine, was arrested on a manslaughter charge in connection with the missing journalist, Kim Wall, 30, The Guardian reported.

Peter Madsen, 46, was rescued on Friday morning in a navy operation and taken ashore after the 17-metre homemade submarine sank, police said in a statement.

Early Friday, Danish authorities announced they were looking for the Nautilus in waters off Copenhagen.

Madsen has maintained his innocence and told a local television station the sub sank due to technical issues.

He has been charged with negligent manslaughter "for having killed in an unknown way and in an unknown place Kim Isabell Frerika Wall of Sweden sometime after Thursday 5pm", according to the public prosecutor, Louise Pedersen.

He told police he had dropped Wall off at the mouth of Copenhagen harbour late on Thursday night, three hours after she boarded, once the interview was over.

Authorities believe that Madsen deliberately sank the vessel on Friday.

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It wasn't until nearly seven hours later that Nautilus was spotted in a bay south of Copenhagen, with Madsen yelling to a rescue helicopter that he was heading back to port.

The BBC News wrote that the Nautilus was raised but Wall was not found and investigation into her disappearance continued. His defence lawyer Betina Hald Engmark said he denied the charges. Yesterday, they said they had since been given another explanation by Mr Madsen, but declined to elaborate.

Møller Jensen added that there were indications that Madsen deliberately sank his submarine.

Madsen, an entrepreneur known as an artist, submarine builder and aerospace engineer, will go before a judge for preliminary questioning on Saturday. "But I guess that was pretty good because I otherwise still would have been down there".

Ms Wall's boyfriend first reported her missing after she failed to return from what should have been a short trip on the submarine.

Swedish police said later they were investigating the whereabouts of Wall, who they said had been on the submarine at some point.

  • Megan Austin