Sheila von Weise Mack: Illinois woman beaten to death, stuffed in a suitcase in Bali

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- An 18-year-old American woman and her boyfriend have been arrested in connection with the killing of the woman's mother, whose body was found inside a suitcase at a luxury hotel in Bali, CNN affiliate Trans TV reported Wednesday.

Sheila von Weise Mack, 62, was found beaten to death and stuffed in a suitcase at the prestigious St. Regis Bali Resort on Tuesday, Djoko Hariutomo, the police chief of Denpasar, the capital of Bali, told the broadcaster.

Her daughter, Heather Mack, and the daughter's 21-year-old boyfriend, Peter Schaefer, were later found by police sleeping in a hotel room in Kuta, according to Trans TV. Kuta is a town about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away from the St. Regis.

Police said that the couple told them that they had been taken captive at the resort Tuesday by an armed gang whose members killed Sheila, but that they later managed to escape, Trans TV reported.

However, hotel workers and the taxi driver who turned in the body to police gave a different version of events.

The taxi driver told police that Heather Mack and Schaefer hailed him at the St. Regis, placing one bag in the trunk and two more in the back seat, according to Trans TV. They then reportedly went back in to the hotel and did not return.

After two hours went by, the taxi driver said he entered the hotel and spoke to employees, who went to the family's rooms and found them empty.

When the taxi driver and a manager opened the trunk, they saw blood on the luggage and drove the car to a police station, where the woman's body was found inside a hard-sided grey piece of luggage, Trans TV reported.

Police told the broadcaster that the woman was from Minnesota, according to her documents. But CNN could not immediately confirm her place of residence.

The St. Regis is one of the most upmarket hotels on Bali, a popular tourist destination. Room rates at the resort start at $470 a night, according to its website.

CNN's Roger Clark reported from Jakarta, and Jethro Mullen wrote from Hong Kong. CNN's Brian Walker contributed to this report.

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