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Teen daughter and boyfriend arrested after body of American woman found stuffed in suitcase in Bali

The suitcase in which the body of an American woman was found was displayed Tuesday at a police station in Nusa Dua on the island of Bali. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)

The body of a vacationing American woman was found battered and stuffed in a suitcase at a Bali, Indonesia, resort Tuesday, authorities said.

The remains of Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, were found outside of the St. Regis Bali Resort in a blood-splattered suitcase  that had been put in the trunk of a taxi and abandoned, according to reports.

Police have arrested von Wiese Mack’s daughter, Heather Lois Mack, 19, and Mack’s boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, who are suspected of killing the woman then fleeing to another hotel in the area, where they were later found.

The battered body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed into a suitcase in Bali, Indonesia. Police have arrested the woman's daughter and her boyfriend. (Reuters)

According to police, von Wiese Mack’s body was half-clothed, wrapped in a bloody hotel bed sheet and tied up with duct tape.

“The victim was found dead with a severe head wound,” Djoko Hari Utomo, the Denpasar police chief, told the Jakarta Globe.

An Indonesian police officer escorts Tommy Schaefer, left, as he is brought to the police station for questioning in relation to the death of his girlfriend's mother, in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Police arrested Schaefer and Heather Mack, the victim's daughter in relation to the death. Sheila von Wiese Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of an upscale hotel in Bali's Nusa Dua area. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati) An Indonesian police officer escorts Tommy Schaefer, left, on Wednesday to the police station for questioning in relation to the death of his girlfriend’s mother in Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Schaefer was spotted by closed-circuit surveillance video arguing with von Wiese Mack in the hotel’s lobby on Monday, according to Agence France-Presse.

On Tuesday, Schaefer and Mack checked out of the hotel, called a taxi and brought down several suitcases, allegedly including the one containing von Wiese Mack’s body, the police chief told reporters.

They never returned to the taxi. The driver went into the hotel to report the missing patrons, and when he and the manager opened the trunk, they discovered the bloody suitcase and reported it to the police, the Associated Press reported.

Police searched for the couple, who had fled the hotel by way of a beach behind the resort. They were found sleeping at a hotel in Legian, about six miles from the St. Regis hotel, according to the Jakarta Globe.

According to the AP, the couple told police that they had been taken captive by an armed gang who killed von Wiese Mack, but that they escaped.

The victim reportedly recently lived in a Chicago suburb and was the widow of well-known Chicago composer and producer James Mack, who died of a pulmonary embolism in 2006 while on vacation in Greece.

A police officer escorts suspect Heather Lois Mack, 19, during an investigation at a police office in Bali onWednesday. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)


Abby Phillip is a national political reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at On Twitter: @abbydphillip
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