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Daughter, boyfriend charged in Bali death of Oak Park woman

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  • Heather Mack, covering her face, is led to a hospital Friday for a medical check by Indonesian police officers. Mack has been charged in the death of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in Bali, Indonesia.

      Heather Mack, covering her face, is led to a hospital Friday for a medical check by Indonesian police officers. Mack has been charged in the death of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in Bali, Indonesia.
    Associated Press

  • Indonesian police officers escort murder suspect Tommy Schaefer, covering his face, to a hospital for medical check Friday in Bali.

      Indonesian police officers escort murder suspect Tommy Schaefer, covering his face, to a hospital for medical check Friday in Bali.
    Associated Press

 
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BALI, Indonesia -- Indonesian police charged an Oak Park woman and her boyfriend with murder Friday after the body of the woman's 62-year-old mother was found stuffed in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, who is also from the Chicago area, were arrested Wednesday in Bali's Kuta area, a day after the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort.

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The charges are based on witnesses and crime scene evidence, said Bali deputy police chief Brig. Gen. Gusti Ngurah Raharja Subyakta.

Police said the couple hired the taxi and then placed the suitcase inside the trunk. They told the taxi driver that they were going to check out of the hotel and would return. After they didn't show up, hotel security guards who found blood spots on the suitcase suggested the driver take the taxi to the police station, where officers opened the suitcase and discovered the body.

The couple told investigators that von Wiese-Mack, also of Oak Park, was killed by robbers while they managed to escape, according to the police chief for Bali's provincial capital of Denpasar, Col. Djoko Hari Utomo.

Utomo said that contradicted testimonies by the taxi driver and hotel employees.

Von Wiese-Mack and her daughter arrived at the St. Regis on Saturday, while Schaefer checked in on Monday, police said.

CCTV footage shows that the victim had an argument with Schaefer on Monday in the hotel's lobby.

Von Wiese-Mack's body was being autopsied at a hospital in Denpasar, Bali. Head of Forensics Ida Bagus Putu Alit said there were signs of violence on the body indicating the victim fought before she died.

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