A murder inquiry is underway after the body of an American tourist was found in a blood-stained suitcase in the Indonesian holiday resort of Bali.
Sheila von Wiese-Mack had been “hit by a blunt object and the blows were concentrated on the face and head”, said Ida Bagus Putu Alit, a forensic expert who conducted the autopsy.
He added: “There were signs of a struggle by the victim as there were bruises on her arms and some fingers were broken.”
The 62-year-old's daughter Heather Louise Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Wednesday Reuters reports, though they have not yet been charged with any crime.
Police claim CCTV footage showed von Wiese-Mack fighting with her daughter’s boyfriend a day before she disappeared, the Independent reports.
It adds Chicago native von Weise-Mack had been staying at the St Regis Bali Resort with her daughter for ten days before Schaefer joined them this week.
The suitcase had been placed in the trunk of a taxi at the hotel by the couple, who told the driver they would check out and then return to the vehicle.
Two hours later they still hadn’t reappeared and investigating hotel security guards found blood smears on the luggage, the Associated Press reports.
The advised the driver to take the vehicle to the police station, where von Wiese-Mack’s body was discovered.
She was the widow of jazz and classical composer James L Mack.