Denpasar. Police in Bali are on the hunt for a young American couple in connection with the alleged murder of the girl’s mother at an upscale beach resort on Tuesday.
A taxi driver reported finding the body of Sheila Von Weise Mack, 62, stuffed inside a suitcase after he had gone to pick up the victim from the St. Regis Bali Resort in the Nusa Dua area on Tuesday morning.
“The victim was found dead with a severe head wound,” Sr. Comr. Djoko Hari Utomo, the Denpasar Police chief, told the Jakarta Globe.
The driver told police that he had gone to pick up Mack, who was staying at the resort with her daughter, Lois Heather, 19, and the latter’s boyfriend, Tommy Schaffer, 21. The young couple had loaded the suitcase into the trunk and gone back inside, but didn’t appear again.
After waiting for two hours, hotel staff advised the driver to report the no-show to the police. After arriving at the South Kuta Police station, the driver opened the suitcase and found Mack’s body inside, Djoko said.
He said the body was wrapped in a hotel bedsheet and tied up with duct tape. There were blood stains all over the sheet, he added.
Djoko said police were studying CCTV footage from the hotel that showed Mack arguing with Schaffer in the lobby on Monday night.
Hotel staff told police that Heather and Schaffer had refused to allow the hotel’s bellboy to take the suitcase down to the taxi the next morning.
The staff also tried to detain the pair at the hotel while they attempted to find the missing Mack, but Heather and Schaffer fled by way of the beach.
“That was also caught on the CCTV,” Djoko said.