Divers find head of journalist 'killed' on submarine

Danish police have found the head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who died in mysterious circumstances on an inventor's homemade submarine.

Peter Madsen has been charged with killing the Swedish journalist who disappeared after she went on a trip with him in his submarine on August 10.

Madsen, a Dane, was arrested after his submarine sank and he was rescued.

Videos of women being decapitated alive have been found on the hard drive of maverick Danish inventor Peter Madsen, accused of murdering a Swedish journalist. Picture: AFP

Police identified a headless female torso that washed ashore in Copenhagen later in August as Wall's, but a cause of death has not been determined.

Madsen has said Wall died in an accident when she was hit by a heavy hatch cover on board his submarine.

Danish police have found the head of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who was last seen alive in August on an amateur-built Danish submarine. Picture: AP, File

On Saturday a police spokesman told reporters in Copenhagen that there were no fractures to Wall's skull.

The body parts, a knife and some of Wall's clothes in bags weighted down by bits of metal were found in Koge Bay on Friday by Danish navy divers who are assisting the police.

Police spokesman Jens Moller Jensen told reporters on Saturday that the body parts will be investigated further to try and determine a cause of death.

He said that Madsen and his lawyers had not had time yet to react to the new evidence.

Fetish films

Prosecutors believe Madsen killed 30-year-old Wall as part of a sexual fantasy, then dismembered and mutilated her body.

Earlier this week, prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen told a court custody hearing that a hard disk found in Madsen's workshop contained fetish films in which real women were tortured, decapitated and burned.

"This hard drive doesn't belong to me," Madsen insisted, saying numerous people had access to his workshop.

Madsen has insisted there was no sexual relationship between him and Wall, and their that contacts had been purely professional.

Jensen said the divers on Friday found the clothes and body parts in bags weighed down with metal pieces. Her torso had also been weighed down when it was found, also in Koge Bay.

"Yesterday morning we found a bag within which we found Kim Wall's clothes, underwear, stockings, and shoes. In the same bag laid a knife, and there were some lead pipes to weigh the bag down," he said.

Peter Madsen stands inside the vessel in 2008 (left) and in 2017, Danish police technicians investigate the submarine. Source: AP

"Around dinnertime we found one leg, and then another leg. And then we found a head that also laid in a bag, and was weighed down with multiple metal pieces."

Jensen said police would continue to search for her arms.

Madsen's lawyer Bertina Hald Engmark was tightlipped after the discovery.

"I've been informed of the find, but I haven't received any material yet. Our society is governed by rule of law, and the case and any evidence will be judged by a court of law when the time comes, if charges are pressed," she told Swedish news agency TT.