US Couple Sought in Murder of American Woman at Bali Resort

By Made Arya Kencana on 10:51 pm Aug 12, 2014
Category Crime, News
Tourists in Nusa Dua, which will host the APEC summit, watch military helicopters patrol the area on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

Tourists in Nusa Dua in southern Bali in this September 2013 file photo. Police are searching for two US nationals in connection with the murder of another American at an upscale beach resort there. (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

Denpasar. Police in Bali are on the hunt for a young American couple in connection with the alleged murder of the girl’s mother at an upscale beach resort on Tuesday.

A taxi driver reported finding the body of Sheila Von Weise Mack, 62, stuffed inside a suitcase after he had gone to pick up the victim from the St. Regis Bali Resort in the Nusa Dua area on Tuesday morning.

“The victim was found dead with a severe head wound,” Sr. Comr. Djoko Hari Utomo, the Denpasar Police chief, told the Jakarta Globe.

The driver told police that he had gone to pick up Mack, who was staying at the resort with her daughter, Lois Heather, 19, and the latter’s boyfriend, Tommy Schaffer, 21. The young couple had loaded the suitcase into the trunk and gone back inside, but didn’t appear again.

After waiting for two hours, hotel staff advised the driver to report the no-show to the police. After arriving at the South Kuta Police station, the driver opened the suitcase and found Mack’s body inside, Djoko said.

He said the body was wrapped in a hotel bedsheet and tied up with duct tape. There were blood stains all over the sheet, he added.

Djoko said police were studying CCTV footage from the hotel that showed Mack arguing with Schaffer in the lobby on Monday night.

Hotel staff told police that Heather and Schaffer had refused to allow the hotel’s bellboy to take the suitcase down to the taxi the next morning.

The staff also tried to detain the pair at the hotel while they attempted to find the missing Mack, but Heather and Schaffer fled by way of the beach.

“That was also caught on the CCTV,” Djoko said.

  • sumdood

    Foreign tourists are capable of doing misdeeds in a foreign country. When a crime is committed by a local person, the Aussies would love to bash the Indonesians and the local authorities.

    • sumdood

      How about this to be exact: When a crime has been committed by a local person toward an Australian tourist. Hope ” notreadeeyet” can understand it this time.

    • notreadeeyet

      And I’m sure that holidaying North Americans love to get horribly drunk and vomit everywhere and to bash the local authorities in South and Central America and the various resort islands when things go awry! But again, thanks for using this article as a vehicle to espouse your contempt for Australians.

  • stoneyuk

    Don’t believe it… or the couple involved are a bit stupid.

  • Gobsmaked Gary

    1. Aussies love Bali. Oz is closer to Bali than is US so cheaper to get there. Therefore, you have lots more Aussies in Bali.

    2. Aussies are, some not all, belligerent pains in the ass causing all kinds of trouble and then complaining when they are brought to task for it.

    • sumdood

      Yep. I only brought it up because it would make some heads spin. Related topics are all archived in JG. People made comments usually to undermine the local investigators related to Australian cases. On another note, some Japanese tourists were caught in a diving accident in Bali. One died. The Japanese did not raise hell but thanked the Indonesian authorities for saving them. The Indonesian investigators brought a man ( working for the diving tour company) to justice for his failure to remain on site during the diving tour.

    • sumdood

      And don’t forget cheap too…

  • http://baliwellnessretreat.com/ BaliYogaTravel.com

    This is horrible. May she RIP

  • sumdood

    One does NOT need to be an Indonesian to speak out an opinion. There are known archived comments made by Aussies on JG with topics related to drug charges and dead Aussies related to drug overdose in Bali.

    Nothing was remotely close to bashing the Australians… Did you read anything that may have put you in the defensive mode? By the way, I do have Australian friends and a few would agree with me. The Australian law does not follow them overseas but their habits do.

    Nonetheless, I do not side with the Indonesians either…BUT YOU have quickly pointed out that it may have been some Indonesian bashing. Now you know what I meant all along.

    • Greystone Towers

      You know you
      r wonderful Indonesian law? It can be bought, from the bottom to the very top. Your law can be bought off. Period. Now then – you’re really not in a position to maintain your Aussie bashing now – are you!? You do not have a leg to stand on. And (excuse conjunction) that’s a fact.

  • sumdood

    I wrote it just to see how many will respond. You have to read the archived crime or drugs related charges topics involving Australians. And how quickly the Aussies would jump on the bandwagon to denounce the poor process of the investigation in a foreign country. It is always a one sided way of thinking. One thing for sure their laws do not follow them overseas but their habits may follow them. I do have Australian friends and a few would agree with me.

  • sumdood

    Alright MAX. Instead of using “love to bash” more like to criticize heavily…that would make “notreadeeyet” less defensive.

    • hamad

      the evidence shows the indonesian police and courts to be among the most corrupt in the world , jingoist and biased. what do you expect them to think?

      • sumdood

        I don’t know you tell me Hamad.

  • Aussie Bali Traveller

    That is just an assumption! Indonesia and specifically Bali is one of Australia’s top overseas holiday destinations, second only to New Zealand, with more than 900,000 Australian visitors each year. Australia is Bali’s biggest tourist market, contributing nearly 25 per cent of arrivals to the resort island during January to September last year…

    http://www.smh.com.au/travel/australians-give-thumbs-down-to-bali-for-holiday-20140124-31e9h.html

  • lost-and-found

    Always against the foreigners? Yes, some are bad but take a look at your own people too. Go to the north of the city and the night clubs and see who is dealing in the drugs. I’ve also seen a few deals going down on street corners too and they were all locals.

  • Pelan2

    A bit delusional today aren’t you? Have a nice trip somewhere else. Bali will not go under if you Aussies stay away. On the contrary, there may be more tourists from other countries showing up if they are guaranteed NOT to meet any Aussies in Bali. How about that scenario???

    • Greystone Towers

      Oh they WILL go under – of that I am certain. Absolutely certain. God help you in your naiveté.

      • devine

        seems you do not know much about Bali then…

    • hamad

      huge swathes would close if 1/4 of people stayed away just like it did after the bali bomb. dont be a peabrain

    • devine

      Pelan2… not very polite but maybe quite true…

  • hamad

    in fact seeing Indonesians violently protest about things irrelevant to Indonesia is commonplace – that includes comments and of course actions too vile to print
    or am i missing the point -

    • sumdood

      “We”meant as my American fellows…may have a different approach than being overly emotional.

  • Dr Dre

    How about in depth questioning those foreigners at airport and detail search of those planning to stay in Indonesia…
    Well the lines are long enough anyway with the customs extorting all and sundry 22 we cant cope with more

  • sumdood

    You mean the Aussies?

  • sumdood

    And in Australia you got racist WASP yelling at foreigners including tourists riding the public buses. Indian students being harassed at school and in the streets. These incidents have been publicized.

  • sumdood

    Do you have a substantial evidence or you are just making things up. It ain’t deterred any Australians buying properties in Bali. Duh.

  • sumdood

    There is Phuket and ko sai mui for them. A different scale of tourism.

  • devine

    Nd… and, wild guess, 1000x more LOCALS do the same crimes day by day… but that is not really newsworthy… isn’t it?

  • devine

    ND…sad too, that foreigners have to run into and deal with people like you…. as a matter in fact 99% of Indonesian have a better mindset than you… take your obat now… maybe it will help someday…

  • devine

    to be fair… not all of them fit this description but most certainly the waste majority…

  • Bang Koja

    I think Bali’s Police & KeMenLu should just contact the U.S. Embassy to hand this case off to the U.S. Feds. It seems pretty obvious that this is a crime committed between U.S. Citizens where no Indonesian (or other foreign citizen) or Indonesian interest is involved. A waste of scarce resource in my opinion. The two defendants will most likely face a stiffer jail time in the U.S. anyway. Additionally, the U.S. Prosecutor would be able to build a better case against these two in light of their long domestic disputes history in Illinois. We need to conserve our jail space for the corrupt politicians and government employees that will start to pile up now that the election is coming to an end.

  • notreadeeyet

    Ahhhhhhhh, so the troll, who likes to bag Aussies through irrelevant news articles is American? And this being an article on Americans murdering Americans? Hmmmm perhaps a deflection? And of all people who travel abroad, it is generally considered the Americans who have the biggest egos and sense of entitlement! But thanks for stirring up 52 plus posts on this otherwise “yawn” article.

    • sumdood

      Whatever….

  • westpapua

    usually don’t see too many yanks in indonesia . they usually prefer hawaii or the caribbeano