Divers f ind j our­nal­ist’s sev­ered head

The Mail on Sunday - - Comment - By Padraic Flana­gan

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

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