Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Indonesia: US Tourist, 62, Murdered by Daughter, Boyfriend in Bali, Assailants in Custody

According to the below news-link, the 21-year-old daughter of Oak Brook, IL  US tourist Shelia Von Weise Mack, 62, was last seen alive on Monday (August 11) when an argument the daughter and mother had was captured by surveillance cameras in the lobby of the St. Regis Hotel in Denpasar, Bali.

The body of  mother Sheila Von Weise Mack was discovered on Tuesday (August 12) in a suitcase placed in the back of a taxi, parked at the prestigious St. Regis Hotel in Denpasar. NBC Chicago's Susan Carlson reports at noon today (August 13).

Von Weise Mack's daughter, US citizens Heather Lois, 19, and Tommy Schaffer, 21, Lois' boyfriend,  have already been arrested by Indonesian police. 

COMMENT: Sheila Von Weise Mack, formerly of Oak Park, IL, was discovered on Tuesday. Lois and Schaffer were arrested earlier today local time.

Both were questioned, but refused to respond to questions until being joined by their attorneys.

Denpasar police chief Djoko Hari Utomo told local media that Von Weise Mack and her daughter had been staying at the hotel for several days before Schaffer joined them. Surveillance cameras later recorded Von Weise Mack and Schaffer arguing in the hotel lobby, according to the UK-based THE DAILY MAIL. 

The morning after that argument, Lois and Schaffer checked out of the hotel and took a large suitcase out to a taxi stand. The pair then went back into the hotel and escaped through a back exit of the resort.

After a two-hour wait, the taxi driver was instructed by hotel personnel to drive to the police station. Authorities then opened the suitcase and found Sheila Von Weise Mack's remains.

"The body was wrapped in a hotel bedsheet and tied up with duct tape," said Chief Djoko, according to THE DAILY MAIL. "There were blood stains all over the sheet."

Chief Utomo said Lois and Schaffer were tracked down and arrested while they slept at a hotel in the Legian tourist area.

A physician who performed a forensic examination of Mrs. Von Weise Mack's body said there were extensive defensive wounds.

John Johnson, a spokesman for the US Embassy in Jakarta, said the US State Department was "aware of the death of an American citizen that took place in Bali and we understand that two individuals have been arrested in connection with the case."  

Sheila Von Weise Mack and her husband, composer/producer James Mack, lived in Oak Park for a number of years, a neighbor said. The husband died in August 2006. His widow remained in the home before moving to a downtown Chicago condo after sustaining a major loss in the crash of the 2008 real estate market.

This report will be updated daily as new information becomes available.