Police find decapitated head of journalist Kim Wall

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

The police conducted an autopsy on Wall's head and found no sign of cranium fracture or violence, said the head of murder investigations, Jens Moeller.

Peter Madsen, the 46-year-old Danish inventor who is in pre-trial detention on preliminary manslaughter charges, has said Wall died after being accidentally hit by a 70-kilogram hatch on the UC3 Nautillus submarine, after which he "buried" her at sea.

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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.

Madsen has been charged with manslaughter, which in Danish law implies murder, and he is now in pre-trial detention. Her torso was found ten days later.

Wall, who was 30, was on Madsen's submarine to write an article about him.

Madsen gave conflicting accounts as to what happened, initially claiming he dropped the journalist off near Copenhagen before the submarine sank.

Wall was last seen on 10 August as she boarded the 40-tonne submarine Madsen had built himself. He has denied accusations that he was responsible for her death.

The bags were found on Friday near where her naked torso was found on 22 August, near the coast of Copenhagen. Madsen was rescued from the sinking vessel and brought ashore, where he was picked up by police, but there was no trace of the missing journalist. If he is charged with murder and convicted, he faces a sentence of five years to life.

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