Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Danish police discover severed head of Swedish journalist

Danish police discover severed head of Swedish journalist

Danish police say they have found body parts, including the head, of journalist Kim Wall, as they investigate how she died after she boarded a submarine.

The independent writer disappeared in the wake of boarding a secretly assembled submarine with its Danish innovator, Peter Madsen, on August 10. A warning - there are disturbing details in this report. Wall's arms are still missing.

If Madsen is charged with murder and convicted, he faces a sentence of five years to life.

Madsen has also denied amputating her limbs, saying he tried to bury her whole body at sea.

At the time of her death, Wall, 30, was working on a story about Danish inventor Peter Madsen.

Locating Wall's head has been a priority for investigators, as the final autopsy on the torso was not able to establish the cause of death.

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

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The journalist's boyfriend alerted police the next morning that the submarine had not returned to Copenhagen as expected after its test run.

"Last night, our dentist examiner confirmed that he was the head of Kim Wall", said the inspector of the police of Copenhagen, Jens Moller Jensen.

Torture videos were also found on a computer on Madsen's submarine.

Madsen however insisted the hard drive did not belong to him. Another bag contained her missing clothes.

Police have previously said they were re-examining the unresolved case of a Japanese tourist whose mutilated body was found in a Copenhagen harbour in 1986, to see if there was any possible link to the Wall case.

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