Head in plastic bag
THE head and legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall have been found in Denmark, in the latest sad development in a case which has gripped Europe.
Danish police confirmed last night they had found body parts including the head of Ms Wall, 30, who went missing on August 10 after she stepped aboard a home-made submarine in Denmark to interview its owner, the high-profile Danish inventor Peter Madsen.
Mr Madsen, 46, is now in pre-trial detention accused of murdering her.
After initially telling police he had dropped her off at a local restaurant after taking her on a journey on the submarine, Mr Madsen later said she had died after an accident on board in which she was struck by a heavy hatch, and he had buried her at sea.
He was rescued after his submarine sank in Copenhagen harbour.
Police later determined it had been sabotaged.
Ms Wall’s torso, which had been stabbed and punctured 15 times in an apparent effort to make it sink, was found on August 21.
Danish police confirmed last night they had located Ms Wall’s head, legs and clothes, close to the area in the harbour where her torso had been found. Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said the body parts had been found inside plastic bags with a knife and what he described as “heavy metal pieces’’ apparently designed to ensure they stayed submerged.
Ms Wall’s cause of death has not been determined.
Mr Madsen’s lawyer has previously said that the discovery of her torso did not change Mr Madsen’s assertion that she had died in a tragic accident.
A respected freelance journalist, Ms Wall was researching a feature about Mr Madsen, who built his 40-tonne submarine, UC3 Nautilus, through crowdfunding in 2008.
She had previously reported from North Korea, the South Pacific, Uganda and Haiti.
She met Mr Madsen about 7pm on August 10 at Refshaleoen, a harbour area in Copenhagen, and boarded the Nautilus. The last picture of the pair in the sub’s conning tower was taken at 8.30pm by a man on a cruise ship, just before sunset.
Ms Wall did not return and was reported missing by her boyfriend the next day.
The sub was not equipped with satellite tracking so after the alarm was raised in the early hours of Friday, rescue services searched for it for hours.
It was not until 10.30am on August 11 that the first sighting of the vessel was confirmed from a lighthouse in the Oresund, a strait between Sweden and Denmark.
Grim find: Journalist Kim Wall.