Teenager and boyfriend arrested after mum's body found in suitcase

Teenager and boyfriend arrested after mum's body found in suitcase
Published: 2014 August 13 12:16:04 (10350 Views)
An American teenager and her boyfriend have been arrested in Bali after her mother's battered body was found stuffed into a suitcase outside an exclusive hotel.

Sheila von Wiese Mack was found crammed into a suitcase left in the trunk of a taxi in front of the five-star St Regis hotel in Nusa Dua, an upmarket district south of Denpasar.

The 62-year-old widow from Oak Park, Illinois, 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.

They were arrested after they were found at another hotel several miles away, the policeman said.

Mrs Von Wiese Mack and her daughter had been staying at the St Regis hotel for several days before Schaefer joined them on Monday, AFP reported Mr Utomo as saying.

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.

But instead of going down themselves, they crept out via a stretch of beach at the back of the hotel - an area covered by surveillance cameras.

‘When they did not come down to get into the taxi, the suitcases were removed and the body was found in one of them,' said Mr Utomo.

Police hunted them down to a hotel in the Legian tourist area, where they were found sleeping in the early morning.

Mr Utomo said: 'This is murder, and we will decide from our investigation whether it is premeditated or spontaneous.'

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 $470 a night and a 24-hour butler service, according to its website.




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