Body of US tourist found in suitcase in Bali

Wednesday 13 August 2014 16.20
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The 62-year-old woman's body was found in this suitcase
The 62-year-old woman's body was found in this suitcase
Mrs von Wiese Mack's daughter Heather is escorted by police after her arrest
Mrs von Wiese Mack's daughter Heather is escorted by police after her arrest

The body of a US tourist has been found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Bali and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing.

The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found yesterday stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St Regis hotel in the upscale Nusa Dua resort area of the Indonesian island.

The 62-year-old victim had several wounds to her head, and appeared to have put up a struggle, a doctor said.

She had been staying in the hotel with her daughter, Heather, 19, and her daughter's boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, local police chief Djoko Hari Utomo told reporters.

Shiela von Wiese Mack and her daughter stayed in the hotel together for several days before the boyfriend joined them on Monday, he said.

She was recorded on CCTV arguing with Mr Schaefer in the hotel lobby the same night, he said.

The next day, the couple were checking out and sent several suitcases down to a taxi, allegedly including the one that contained the victim.

The body was discovered when the couple failed to show up at the waiting taxi, Mr Utomo said. They were seen on CCTV leaving the hotel via a stretch of beach at the back of the property, instead of the main entrance.

Police launched a hunt and the pair were found sleeping at a hotel in the tourist area of Legian, north of Nusa Dua, early today.

"This is murder, and we will decide from our investigation whether it is premeditated or spontaneous," he said.

The victim's body was sent to the main hospital in the Balinese capital Denpasar for an autopsy.

A doctor there said it had several wounds to the head, which appeared to have been inflicted with "blunt tools".

The hotel said that it was aware of the "terrible tragedy" and was assisting authorities in their investigation.

The US Embassy in Jakarta said in a statement that it was "aware of the death of an American citizen that took place in Bali and we understand that two individuals have been arrested in connection with the case".

The beachfront St Regis is one of the most exclusive hotels in Bali, with rooms starting at €350 a night and a 24-hour butler service, according to its website.

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