August 21, 2014 5:00 am

Police say room disagreement preceded killing of American woman in Bali

This photo taken on August 12, 2014 shows the suitcase where the body of a woman was found inside, displayed at a police station in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. A US tourist's battered body has been found in a suitcase at the exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on August 12 stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St. Regis hotel.


BALI, Indonesia – Police investigating an American couple suspected of killing the woman’s mother at a resort hotel on Indonesia’s Bali island say the three had a disagreement over who was paying for the rooms but that a motive for the crime has not been established.

Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, have been declared suspects in the killing of Mack’s 62-year-old mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was stuffed into a suitcase.

Naming someone a suspect is a formal step under Indonesian criminal law meaning police are preparing to bring charges.

Bali police chief Maj. Gen. Benny Mokalu said Wednesday officers had interviewed 19 witnesses, some of whom cited a disagreement between the three over who should pay for the rooms.

Mokalu said a motive has not been established.

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