DANISH police have recovered the severed head and legs of a woman who died in a mysterious incident on board a midget submarine.
Kim Wall, a 30-year-old journalist from Sweden, was last seen entering the vessel with well-known inventor Peter Madsen, who has been charged with her killing, on August 10.
Yesterday some of her body parts, a knife, and clothes in plastic bags weighed down by bits of metal, were found in Køge Bay by Danish navy divers who are helping the police.
Police spokesman Jens Moller Jensen told reporters today that the body parts will be investigated further to try and determine a cause of death.
Madsen, who denies killing her, has previously claimed that Wall died after being hit by a heavy hatch door but police said there was no evidence of fractures on Wall’s recently discovered skull.
Earlier this week investigators found that Madsen had images “which we presume to be real” of women being strangled and decapitated on a computer in a laboratory he ran.
The 46-year-old was rescued by the coastguard on August 11 after his homemade submarine sunk in Køge Bay but Wall was not with him.
He was arrested after he surfaced and has since told officers that he dismembered and disposed of her body in a panic after she accidentally died.
He claimed he was holding the heavy hatch door open for her but that it accidentally slipped from his grasp and hit her on the head.
After throwing her body parts overboard he deliberately sank the vessel and claimed he had intended to stay on board.
Police identified a headless female torso, which was weighed down with heavy objects, as belonging to Wall when it was washed ashore in Copenhagen on August 21.
They did not determine a cause of death at the time but found it had been “deliberately mutilated” and suffered 14 stab wounds.
Madsen’s lawyer Betina Hald Engmark said that she had been informed of the development but that she had not received any material or documentation.
She refused to provide any further comments and her clients faces a possible life sentence if found guilty of the crimes.
Madsen created the UC3 Nautilus with private funding and launched it in May 2008.