Kim Wall murder: police find head of Swedish journalist

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Divers find bags containing body parts and clothes of reporter who went to interview Danish inventor on submarine

Danish police investigating the assassination of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall have found body parts, including her severed head.

The freelance journalist was last watched alive on 10 August when she went to interview the inventor Peter Madsen, who has been charged with her assassination. Wall’s dismembered torso cleaned ashore 12 days after she boarded Madsen’s homemade submarine for the interview.

The police examiner Jens Moller Jensen said divers had find Wall’s head and legs, as well as her clothes and a knife, in plastic bags with” heavy metal pieces” to make them sink.

Kim Wall. Photograph: Tom Wall/ AFP/ Getty Images

” Yesterday morning we procured a purse within which we find Kim Wall’s clothes, underwear, stockings and shoes. In the same pouch laid a knife, and there were some car tubes to weigh the pouch down ,” he said on Saturday.

A postmortem examination confirmed that the head was Wall’s and that it indicated” no sign of fracture” or” any sign of other blunt violence to the skull”, he said.

The body parts were found on Friday near where her naked torso was found on 22 August, near the coast of Copenhagen. Wall’s arms are still missing. The cause of death has yet to be established.

Madsen, 46, is of the view that Wall succumbed after being accidentally hit on the head by a heavy hatch in the submarine, but a Copenhagen court heard there were 15 stab meanders on her body.

A fund set up in memory of the award-winning journalist has raised more than $90,000( PS69, 000) of its $100,000 target since being launched by her friends and family. It would be used to provide awards to female reporters to pursue subculture tales, according to the Remembering Kim Wall website.

Wall, who had written for the Guardian and the New York Times, was reported missing by her boyfriend in the early hours of 11 August when she failed to return from her interview.

When the submarine was find, Madsen was rescued just before the ship sank, and later arrested.

He initially claimed he had fell her off safely in Copenhagen but afterward said there had been a” terrible accident” and he had buried her at sea, insisting her body was intact at the time.

Peter Madsen with his submarine. Photo: Hougaard Niels/ AP

A court has heard that footage of women being strangled and decapitated was found on a hard drive believed to belong to the inventor.

His lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, told Reuters she had been informed that further body parts and clothes had been received, but declined to comment further.

Madsen will appear in court again on 31 October.

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