Po­lice find head of jour­nal­ist killed on sub­ma­rine

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD - By Jan M. Olsen

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.

Kim Wall

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