Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) – The cabbie probably thought nothing of it when the young couple left their large hard-sided suitcase in the trunk of his car and went back into the five-star hotel.
They said they needed to find the other person they were with and to pay their bill.
But after a lengthy wait, the young man and woman still hadn’t returned. Puzzled, the driver called hotel security.
The suitcase in the trunk looked very odd. It was wrapped in a bedsheet. Then the cabbie saw blood.
When authorities at the South Kuta station in Bali, Indonesia, opened the case, they found inside the badly beaten body of Sheila von Weise Mack, wrapped in a blood-stained bedsheet.
Two smaller suitcases were found in the St. Regis Bali Resort garden. Both contained hotel towels with blood on them, according to police.
Those are the events that police say unfolded Tuesday. Mack, 62, of Chicago, had been staying at the posh St. Regis with her daughter, Heather Mack, and the daughter’s boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer.
The daughter and her boyfriend were found Wednesday morning at another hotel about 15 kilometers (9 miles) away. The couple’s St. Regis room was “very messy,” with clothes still inside.
The couple told police they had been taken captive at the resort by an armed gang, whose members killed Sheila von Weise Mack, but they escaped, CNN affiliate Trans TV reported.
Djoko Hari Utomo, police chief of Denpasar, the capital of Bali, said Thursday that the pair have been declared suspects in the case. According to Indonesian law, police can keep suspects in custody for up to 20 days.
By Roger Clark and Steve Almasy
Courtesy of ‘CNN’
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