Police find head of journalist killed on submarine
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish divers found the decapitated head, legs and clothes of a Swedish journalist who was killed after going on a trip with an inventor on his submarine, police said Saturday.
The body parts and clothing were found Friday in plastic bags with a knife and “heavy metal pieces” to make them sink near where 30-yearold Kim Wall’s naked, headless torso was found in August, Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said.
Moeller Jensen said there were no fractures to Wall’s skull and he declined to comment on the discovery of the knife.
Peter Madsen, the 46-year-old Danish inventor who is in pretrial detention on preliminary manslaughter charges, has said Wall died after being accidentally hit by a 155-pound hatch on the UC3 Nautilus submarine, after which he “buried” her at sea.
But police have said 15 stab wounds were on the torso found at sea off Copenhagen on Aug. 21. Her arms are still missing.
Wall’s cause of death hasn’t yet been established yet.
The detention of Madsen, who has denied manslaughter charges, expires Oct. 31 when a court will decide if he will continue to remain in custody ahead of a possible trial. He is also being held on preliminary charges of the indecent handling of a corpse.
Police believe the pair didn’t know each other beforehand. Wall was working on a story about Madsen, who dreamed of launching a manned space mission. She was last seen alive on Aug. 10 aboard the 40ton, nearly 60-foot-long submarine as it left Copenhagen.