Tourist's body found in suitcase at Bali hotel
AN AMERICAN tourist's body has been found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Indonesia's island of Bali and her daughter and the daughter's boyfriend have been arrested, police said yesterday.
The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on Tuesday, 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.
The victim, 62, 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, said police chief Djoko Hari Utomo.
Ms Mack and her daughter stayed at the hotel for several days before Schaefer joined them on Monday, police said, adding that Ms Mack was recorded on CCTV arguing with Schaefer in the hotel lobby the same night.
The next day, the couple checked out and sent several suitcases down to a taxi, allegedly including the one that contained the victim.
Police said the body was discovered when the couple failed to show up at the waiting taxi. 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. 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".
"Looking at the wounds, the victim must have fought back," said Ida Bagus Alit, adding that one of her fingers on her left hand was broken.
The hotel said that it was aware of the "terrible tragedy" and was assisting the authorities in their investigation.
The beachfront St Regis is one of the most exclusive hotels in Bali, with rooms starting at US$470 (S$588) a night and a 24-hour butler service.