Body Found In Suitcase At St. Regis Bali

Filed Under: Hotels

I’m not trying to take over Nancy Grace’s job, but when I read about murders at hotels I’ve either stayed at or really want to stay at, I can’t help but take note. There’s a horrible story of a Chicago woman’s body who was found in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali.

Via The New York Times:

The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend in relation to the death, police said.

The suitcase containing Sheila von Wiese-Mack’s body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort in the island’s upscale Nusa Dua area, said Col. Djoko Hari Utomo, the police chief in Bali’s capital, Denpasar.

Von Wiese-Mack’s 19-year-old daughter, Heather Mack, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were arrested Wednesday morning at a hotel in Bali’s Kuta area, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away, Utomo said.

Utomo said that Mack and Schaefer had hired the taxi and then placed the suitcase inside the car’s trunk. The two then told the taxi driver that they were going to check out of the hotel and would return, he said, citing the driver, I Ketut Wirjana.

However, after two hours, Mack and Schaefer had not reappeared, Utomo said. Hotel security guards found blood spots on the suitcase, and suggested that Wirjana drive the taxi to the police station. Officers at the station opened the suitcase and discovered the body.

CCTV footage shows that the victim had an argument with Schaefer on Monday in the hotel’s lobby, he said.

That’s just horrible. Bali is such a peaceful place too.

May she rest in peace…

St. Regis Bali

(Tip of the hat to @aheeger)

  1. My wife and I are staying here in November. Wonder if we could use this to get a lower rate? Gotta look for a silver lining!

  2. @matthew imagine you get the same room they killed her in, how interesting you can do your own little paranormal investigation LOL LOL….

  3. “My wife and I are staying here in November. Wonder if we could use this to get a lower rate? Gotta look for a silver lining!”

    That is…disgusting.

  4. I saw a video on CNN showing the suitcase that the body was stuffed into.

    It had a Cathay Pacific First Class “Priority Baggage” tag on it.

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