After searching Copenhagen Bay for weeks, divers have found the head, legs and clothes of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, 30, who was killed after boarding inventor Peter Madsen’s home-built submarine on Aug. 10, according to Denmark police.
Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said that the body parts and clothing were found on Friday in Koge Bay by members of the Danish navy. They were stuffed in plastic bags with a knife and “heavy metal pieces” to make them sink near where the journalist’s headless torso was found in August.
“Last night our forensic dentist confirmed that it was Kim Wall,” Moeller Jensen said, according to the BBC.
Wall was writing about the ways Madsen crowd-funds his projects, such as the building of the submarine. Shortly after she boarded the submarine, Madsen claims he dropped her off at a nearby island.
However, Danish authorities launched a search the following morning after the vessel failed to return to the Copenhagen harbor as planned and Wall failed to return home. The Nautilus was eventually located, 30 miles off the coast of the Danish capital in the bay of Koge, on the verge of sinking. Authorities rescued Madsen as the sub went under water.
As evidence against him has since piled up, Madsen told authorities Wall died aboard the sub and he buried her at sea. This led to the revelation that she may not have died of natural causes.
Madsen, 46, has been in pre-trial detention on preliminary manslaughter charges.
Police have said 15 stab wounds were found on the torso found at sea off Copenhagen on Aug. 21., and her arms were still missing. However, her cause of death hasn’t yet been established.
The detention of Madsen, who has denied the manslaughter charges, expires Oct. 31, which is when a court will decide if he will continue to remain in custody ahead of a possible trial. He is also held on preliminary charges of the indecent handling of a corpse.
Police have said the submarine only sailed in Danish waters Aug. 10-11.
During their investigation, police have found videos on Madsen’s personal computer of women being tortured, decapitated and murdered.
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