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American woman's dead body found inside suitcase in Bali


BALI, Indonesia (AP) - The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said.

The suitcase containing Sheila von Wiese-Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort in the island's upscale Nusa Dua area, said Col. Djoko Hari Utomo, the police chief in Bali's capital, Denpasar.


American Tourist Found Dead In Suitcase At Bali Hotel

Von Wiese-Mack's 19-year-old daughter, Heather Mack, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were arrested Wednesday morning at a hotel in Bali's Kuta area, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away, Utomo said.

Both were being questioned but were refusing to talk until being joined by attorneys, he said.

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta confirmed that von Wiese-Mack's body had been found, but did not give details.

Utomo said that Mack and Schaefer had hired the taxi and then placed the suitcase inside the car's trunk. The two then told the taxi driver that they were going to check out of the hotel and would return, he said, citing the driver, I Ketut Wirjana.

However, after two hours, Mack and Schaefer had not reappeared, Utomo said. Hotel security guards found blood spots on the suitcase, and suggested that Wirjana drive the taxi to the police station. Officers at the station opened the suitcase and discovered the body.

Von Wiese-Mack, from Chicago, and her daughter arrived at the St. Regis on Saturday, while Schaefer checked in on Monday, Utomo said.

CCTV footage shows that the victim had an argument with Schaefer on Monday in the hotel's lobby, he said.

Von Wiese-Mack's body was being autopsied at a hospital in Denpasar.

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Jay August 13 2014 at 9:20 AM

These two are destined to be executed. Indonesia does not tolerate crap from tourists. These two are typical American teens thinking they can get away with anything like always.

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manmi1 August 13 2014 at 4:31 PM

Bali only took two years to find, try and execute the people behind the bombings there a few years back. I think these "kids" are in for it.... and righty so.

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joehennes August 13 2014 at 10:56 AM

Who murders their own mother?

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blanketyblankblank August 13 2014 at 9:44 AM

children-a thankless task.

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MICHAEL August 13 2014 at 10:00 AM

she must have been a really tiny woman to fit in a suitcase. either that or.......
oh, yuk. thats just disgusting.

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TR by ML Neal... August 13 2014 at 9:18 AM

Follow the money....

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greenliks August 13 2014 at 3:04 PM

Is that carry on luggage and will it fit in the alloted overhead compartment?
No added cost.
Those people are IDIOTS!

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chasesea August 13 2014 at 4:11 PM

And they thought they would get away with this stunt...how? Blood-stained suitcase in a taxi's trunk, and then they just leave. I guess they never heard of fingerprints either, which I'm sure were on the bloodied suitcase. Put them in an incinerator.

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chasesea chasesea August 13 2014 at 4:12 PM

Exactly. Spoiled, entitled brats. I can't wait to hear the "reason" they murdered her. I'm sure it's rich.

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baldbiker2 August 13 2014 at 4:04 PM

Committed murder in Indonesia? Wow, no plush prison for them, most likely they will be executed.

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Richard August 13 2014 at 3:56 PM

I guess mama wouldn't give up her wealth, or cut the daughter and boyfriend out of the will. Bye, bye you filthy dirt.

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