According to AFP, US tourist Tommy Schafer, 21, has confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother (Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62) at a luxury resort on the Indonesian island of Bali on August 12, while the girlfriend (Heather Mack, 19) has admitted helping stuff the Mrs. Mack's remains into a suitcase, police said Friday (September 19).
The battered body of Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, was found in the luggage in the trunk of a taxi in front of an exclusive hotel in the upscale Nusa Dua resort in Bali.
Teenage daughter, Heather Mack, 19, and the daughter's boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, both US tourists, had been staying with the mother at the St Regis hotel but fled to another part of the island after the killing. They were apprehended by police the following day.
COMMENT: Both Heather Mack and Tommy Schafer are in custody in Bali while police continue their investigation. The couple could face the death penalty if found guilty of premeditated murder.
Indonesian authorities previously claimed they have strong evidence against the pair and on Friday (September 19), Djoko Heru Utomo, police chief in the Balinese capital of Denpasar, said they had admitted their involvement in the case during questioning this week.
"Both suspects have confessed to the murder of the mother," Utomo said, adding that Schaefer, 21, had admitted to murdering the mother after an argument with the victim.
The daughter, 19, claimed she watched Schaefer kill her mother and then helped Schafer stuff Mrs. Mack's body into the suitcase, Utomo said.
"The interrogation is continuing in order to obtain full statements from the young couple."
Heather Mack, who is pregnant, had previously refused to talk to Indonesian police without American legal representation present, and this week her lawyer from the United States arrived in Bali to assist her locally-hired lawyers.
The pair are yet to be charged with any crime, as under the Indonesian legal system suspects are not formally charged until they are arraigned in court.
A trial will only begin once police have completed their investigations and passed the evidence to prosecutors. The decedent and the suspects are all from the Chicago area.