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Home-made Danish submarine scanned for concealed areas in journalist death probe

Police in Denmark are scanning the home-made submarine where a Swedish journalist was last seen alive, looking for any possible concealed cavities.

The 40-ton, nearly 60ft (18m) long submarine, which sank earlier this month, now stands on land in a remote corner of Copenhagen's harbour where a mobile cargo scanner has been deployed.

In a statement on Tuesday, police said Swedish colleagues with dogs specially trained to search for corpses in the water were combing the Copenhagen coast looking for clothing and more missing body parts from reporter Kim Wall whose naked, headless torso was found on August 21. That search is expected to last for two days.

On Monday, a search with a plane over the coastline produced no results, police said.

Peter Madsen is being held over the death of 30-year-old Ms Wall, who was last seen alive on board the submarine on August 10.

The 46-year-old inventor, who faces preliminary manslaughter and indecent handling of a corpse charges, has denied wrongdoing. He says Ms Walls died in an accident and he buried her at sea.

Police earlier said Ms Wall's head, arms and legs had been deliberately cut off and a piece of metal had been attached to the torso "likely with the purpose to make it sink". They also said marks on the torso indicated that someone had tried to press air out of the body so it would not float.

Madsen was detained after being rescued from the sinking submarine on August 11. Police believe he deliberately scuttled the vessel.


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