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Corpse in suitcase at top Bali hotel was tourist’s mother

August 14, 2014 Headline News, Hotel News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Bali police pounced yesterday on an 18-year-old American woman and her boyfriend after the body of the woman’s mother was found stuffed into a suitcase at a luxury hotel.

The pair have been arrested in connection with the killing, CNN affiliate Trans TV has reported.

Starwood’s prestigious St Regis Bali Resort, a short drive from Ubud Art Village, was where the body of Sheila von Weise Mack, 62, was allegedly stuffed in a suitcase. Denpasar police chief Djoko Hariutomo told the US broadcaster that the victim had apparently been beaten to death.

The daughter of the deceased, Heather Mack, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were later found by police sleeping in a hotel room in Kuta, Trans TV related.

Police say the young couple claim they were abducted at the resort by a gang of armed desperadoes who then killed Sheila, but that they later managed to escape, according to Trans TV.

Perhaps not entirely convinced, police questioned hotel workers and the taxi driver and allegedly received a different story.

The taxi driver told police Heather Mack and Schaefer hailed him at the St Regis, placing a bag in the boot and two more bags in the back seat, Trans TV reported. They then reportedly returned to the hotel and did not emerge.

Two hours elapsed, the taxi driver made inquiries at the hotel and he and a manager opened the taxi’s boot. Seeing blood on the luggage they drove to a police station, where police pried open the case and made the grim discovery.

“When we opened the suitcase we were really surprised as we found a dead body,” South Kuta Police chief Commander Gede Redastra told the Jakarta Post.

It’s all very puzzling and a shocking series of events for a very fine spa hotel, known for its 123 suites and villas, its bespoke butler service and its panoramic ocean views.

As the hotel says on its website: “The St Regis Bali Resort offers all that guests might desire in a tropical paradise – and much more.”

Inquiries continue.

Written by Peter Needham

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