(Reuters) – The body of an American tourist from Chicago has been found stuffed into a suitcase in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali and the victim’s daughter and her boyfriend have been arrested for what police suspect was a gruesome murder.
“There has been no confession yet but the couple are now being detained and interrogated,” Hery Wiyanto, Bali police spokesman, told Reuters by phone, adding the killing took place on Tuesday.
Heather Louise Mack, 19, and Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Wednesday after a day-long chase.
Ida Bagus Putu Alit, a forensic expert at the hospital that conducted an autopsy, said Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, had been “hit by a blunt object and the blows were concentrated on the face and head.”
“There were signs of a struggle by the victim as there were bruises on her arms and some fingers were broken,” Alit added.
The Mack family lived for a number of years in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois.
Oak Park spokesman David Powers said on Wednesday police responded to 86 calls from the Mack home due to incidents between mother and daughter from 2004 through June 2013.