Danish police say they have discovered the head and legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who disappeared in August while doing research for a story on self-taught engineer Peter Madsen.
Her torso washed up in Copenhagen on August 21, 11 days after she boarded Madsen’s homemade submarine. Since then, further investigation has found that Wall’s corpse was mutilated with stab wounds to the ribcage and genitals. Torture videos were also found on a computer on Madsen’s submarine.
Madsen is denying that he murdered the journalist, saying that a heavy hatch fell on her head while she was on board the submarine and he buried her at sea.
Wall’s head and legs were found by divers in the waters around Copenhagen, in a bag that had been weighted down with bits of metal. Divers also discovered a knife, and a bag containing Wall’s clothes.
Copenhagen police inspector Jens Moller told reporters that he was certain the remains belonged to the journalist:
Last night our forensic dentist confirmed that it was Kim Wall.
Moller also said that no fractures were found on Wall’s skull, which appears to scuttle Madsen’s claims that she was hit in the head by a hatch on the submarine.
Madsen remains in police custody as the investigation continues.