Divers f ind j ournalist’s severed head
THE severed head, legs and clothes of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall have been found by police divers, Danish investigators said yesterday.
The freelance journalist was last seen alive on August 10 when she went to interview inventor Peter Madsen aboard his self-built submarine, UC3 Nautilus, near the Danish capital Copenhagen.
Madsen has since been charged with her murder. Ms Wall’s dismembered torso washed ashore off the Danish coast 11 days after the 30-year-old writer boarded the 40-ton submarine to research an article about Madsen.
Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said the head and other body parts were found in the same area on Friday in plastic bags, with a knife and ‘heavy metal pieces’ to make them sink.
‘We found a bag within which we found Kim Wall’s clothes, underwear, stockings and shoes. In the same bag lay a knife, and there were some car pipes to weigh the bag down,’ he said yesterday.
A post-mortem confirmed that the head was Wall’s and that it showed ‘no sign of fracture… or any sign of other blunt violence to the skull’, he said.
Madsen, 46, has claimed that Ms Wall died after being accidentally hit by a heavy hatch in the submarine, but police have said 15 stab wounds were found on the torso. Madsen denies murder and a further charge of mutilating Ms Wall’s corpse.
STAB WOUNDS: Writer Kim Wall