Grim find: The suitcase where the body of a woman was found inside, displayed at a police station in Nusa Dua. — AFP
DENPASAR: An American tourist’s battered body has been found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali and her daughter and daughter’s boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said.
The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found 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 Bali.
The 62-year-old victim was half naked, 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.
Mack and her daughter stayed in the hotel together for several days before the boyfriend joined them on Monday, Utomo said. Mack was recorded on CCTV arguing with Schaefer in the hotel lobby the same night, he said.
The next day, the couple were checking out and sent 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, 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 yesterday, Utomo said.
“This is murder, and we will decide from our investigation whether it is premeditated or spontaneous,” he said. — AFP