Danish police find severed head, legs of Swedish journalist

  • Danish police find severed head, legs of Swedish journalist

Danish police find severed head, legs of Swedish journalist

Chief Police Investigator Jens Møller Jensen announced Saturday that Danish divers had discovered more body parts of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

Ms. Wall disappeared after meeting Peter Madsen, 46, an amateur space rocket and submarine builder, for an interview on August 10 and a trip on his homemade submarine.

Madsen was rescued the next day from the submarine, which was sinking, while Wall was nowhere to be found. Police arrested him the same day and have suspected that he intentionally wrecked the vessel.

Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who has been charged with killing the Swedish journalist, faces a sentence of five years to life in prison if convicted.

After Wall's boyfriend reported her missing, police opened an investigation. Madsen denies murder and a further charge of mutilating Ms Wall's corpse. The bag found by divers off the coast of Denmark Friday also contained a knife and pipes used to weight it down.

When officers found her blood in the recovered submarine and later retrieved her torso, Mr. Madsen altered his explanation, saying he had panicked and dumped her intact body at sea after she died. Identification was based on dental records from Sweden, he said.

He has said that the journalist died in an accident when she hit her head on a hatch in the submarine. The cause of death has yet to be established. An earlier autopsy of Wall's torso showed that she had been stabbed in the ribcage and genitals.

The innovator said he froze and thought in regards to suicide before choosing rather to dump her body adrift and sink the submarine. "Around noon we found a leg, then another leg, and shortly thereafter we found a head, also in a bag weighted down by several metal pieces".

A photo of Swedish journalist Kim Wall who was aboard a submarine "UC3 Nautilus" before it sank.

Madsen remains in pretrial detention through October 31, though it could be extended. A talented writer, her work appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian and TIME, among publications.