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Decapitated head of Swedish journalist Kim Wall found

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 October, 2017, 4:38pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 October, 2017, 9:31pm

Danish police said on Saturday divers had found the head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who died in mysterious circumstances on an inventor’s home-made submarine.

Peter Madsen has been charged with killing the Swedish journalist who disappeared after she went on a trip with him in his submarine on August 10.

Madsen, a Dane, was arrested after his submarine sank and he was rescued.

Police identified a headless female torso that washed ashore in Copenhagen later in August as Wall’s, but the cause of death has not been determined.

Madsen has said Wall died in an accident when she was hit by a heavy hatch cover on board his submarine, after which he “buried” her at sea. But police said 15 stab wounds were found on the torso found at sea off Copenhagen on August 21. Her arms are still missing.

On Saturday a police spokesman told reporters in Copenhagen that there were no fractures to Wall’s skull.

There is “no sign of fracture on the skull and there isn’t any sign of other blunt violence to the skull”, police spokesman Jens Moller Jensen told reporters.

The body parts, a knife and some of Wall’s clothes in bags weighted down by bits of metal were found in Koge Bay on Friday by Danish navy divers who are assisting the police.

Jensen said that the body parts will be investigated further to try and determine the cause of death.

He said that the Madsen and his lawyers had not had time to react to the new evidence.

A police prosecutor said this week that officers had found images “which we presume to be real” of women being strangled and decapitated on the hard drive on Peter Madsen’s computer in a laboratory he ran.

Madsen said the computer searched by police was not his but was used by everyone in the laboratory.

The detention of Madsen, who has denied manslaughter, expires on October 31 when a court will decide if he will continue to remain in custody ahead of a possible trial.

Wall, a 30-year-old freelancer based in New York and China.

She worked as an editorial intern and reporter in Hong Kong for the South China Morning Post from June to September, 2013, covering news about China for the national desk.

Additional reporting by Associated Press