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Young American couple arrested vacationing in Bali; woman's mother found dead in suitcase

Young American couple arrested vacationing in Bali; woman's mother found dead in suitcase

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 13, 2014

A young American couple was arrested on Tuesday while vacationing in Bali in connection with the gruesome killing of a 62-year-old woman. The victim is said to be the female suspect's mother.

According to CNN, "Sheila von Weise Mack, 62, was found beaten to death and stuffed in a suitcase at the prestigious St. Regis Bali Resort on Tuesday, Djoko Hariutomo, the police chief of Denpasar, the capital of Bali, told the broadcaster [Trans TV.]" An elite hotel resort, standard room rates at the St. Regis start at $470 a night. 

Heather Mack, 18, and her boyfriend Peter Schaefer, 21, told police that they were held captive at the resort by armed gang members, who then killed Sheila. Mack claimed that they managed to escape to safety. Mack and Schaefer were found an estimated six miles from the St. Regis in a nearby town, Kuta.

A taxi driver, however, disputes Mack and Schaefer's story.

"The taxi driver told police that Heather Mack and Schaefer hailed him at the St. Regis, placing one bag in the trunk and two more in the back seat, according to Trans TV. They then reportedly went back in to the hotel and did not return," reports CNN.

The taxi driver says he waited for two hours for their return, and then went into the hotel to find them. The family's room was found empty by the hotel manager.

"When the taxi driver and a manager opened the trunk, they saw blood on the luggage and drove the car to a police station, where the woman's body was found inside a hard-sided grey piece of luggage, Trans TV reported," CNN further reports.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.