Head in plas­tic bag

The Sunday Times - - WORLD - ELLEN WHINNETT

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.

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