Decapitated head of journalist Kim Wall found after submarine disappearance

7 October 2017, 09:16

The decapitated head, legs and missing clothes of Swedish journalist Kim Wall have been found, say Danish police.

Ms Wall went missing in suspicious circumstances after interviewing Danish inventor Peter Madsen on his 60ft homemade submarine on 10 August.

Her naked, mutilated body was subsequently discovered in waters south of Copenhagen, missing its head, arms and legs.

The latest discovery came in nearby waters on Friday, with the body parts found in plastic bags alongside a knife.

They were weighed down with "heavy metal pieces" to make them sink.

Danish police said there were no fractures in Ms Wall's cranium.

Mr Madsen, who is in pre-trial detention, has been charged with the manslaughter of the 30-year-old.

Police said 15 stab wounds were found on the previously discovered torso but a cause of death has yet to be determined.

Testifying in court in September, Mr Madsen claimed she died after being hit by a hatch cover aboard his submarine.

Private ships and the Danish navy were called to an emergency search for Mr Madsen's submarine when Ms Wall did not return home after interviewing the inventor.

Mr Madsen was rescued from the vessel the following morning when it suddenly sank.

Police concluded that the submarine - built and crowdfunded by Madsen himself - had been purposefully sunk.

He first told police that Ms Wall had been safely dropped off near Copenhagen after the interview before claiming that she had died in an accident on board.

Investigators later identified Ms Wall's body by DNA evidence, and revealed it had been attached to a piece of metal and cut in a way that attempted to ensure it would sink and remain on the sea bed.

Ms Wall, 30, was a respected freelance journalist, who had reported from China, Uganda and Haiti for a wide range of publications, on topics including furries, feminism and voodoo.

Commenting on her death, her family said her work had brought her to many dangerous places, but that it was "unimaginable" something could happen "just a few miles from the childhood home".

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