The head and legs of Kim Wall have been recovered, two months after the freelance journalist and recent Columbia University graduate went missing while on board an eccentric inventor's submarine, Danish police confirmed Friday.
Her head, legs and other items were found in weighed-down bags, according to Copenhagen police inspector Jens Moller Jensen. The bags were discovered Friday by divers in Copenhagen's Koge Bay, not far from where Wall's mutilated torso was found in August, also weighed down by a piece of metal.
"We found a bag within which we found Kim Wall's clothes, underwear, stockings, and shoes," Moller Jensen said. "In the same bag laid a knife, and there were some car pipes to weigh the bag down."
The 30-year-old journalist was last seen boarding a submarine in Copenhagen with Peter Madsen, a well-known Danish inventor and the subject of her latest article. While Madsen initially claimed that he'd dropped Wall off at a nearby island hours before the vessel sank, he later admitted that "there was an accident on board which caused Kim Wall's death and that he consequently buried her at sea," according to local authorities.
While Madsen has maintained that Wall was killed by a heavy hatch falling on her head from the submarine's tower, the latest discovery would seem to contradict that statement, as the medical examiners noted there was no apparent damage to Wall's skull.
"I don't want to speculate about what happened," the chief investigator said. "I can only say that there are no fractures or other injuries to the cranium."
Madsen is currently being held on charges of manslaughter and abuse of a corpse. His lawyer has not yet responded to the recent discovery.
During a preliminary hearing last week, a Danish prosecutor told the court that Wall's corpse had been stabbed 14 times, and that Madsen was found to be in possession of videos showing women being executed and burned to death. The accused inventor denied that the videos belonged to him, and insisted that he was "not the only person" with access to the hard drive, according to the Ekstra Bladet newspaper.
In response to the new evidence, the prosecutor asked the Coopenhagen City Court to detain Madsen for the length of the hearing, noting that, "It's not just that we have the same grounds for arrest as before, but I think they are stronger than last time."
The judge later agreed, ruling that Madsen will remain locked up until October 31st while police continue their investigation.