Chicago woman found stuffed into a suitcase

Chicago woman found stuffed into a suitcase

Correction: An earlier version was printed with the wrong spelling of Wiese.

Caption: A picture of St. Regis Hotel, the site where Sheila von Wiese Mack’s dead body was found.


A Chicago woman was found stuffed into a suitcase at a Indonesia hotel earlier this week.

Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, was discovered dead in the back of a taxi in the parking lot of the St. Regis Hotel in Bali on Tuesday. According to Bali Police, Mack had a severe head wound, and her body was half-clothed, wrapped in a bed sheet, and tied up with duct tape.

The Oak Park resident was on vacation with her daughter Heather Lois, and her daughter’s boyfriend. Bali Police arrested Heather, 19, and her 21-year-old boyfriend Tommy Schaefer Wednesday, and are their primary suspects. According to Trans TV, an Indonesian television station, the taxi driver said the young couple waved him down, and placed the suitcase into the trunk, and two bags in the back seat, before heading back into the hotel. The driver said they never came back out.

Heather and Schaefer were found in a different hotel six miles down the road. An AP report said the couple claims they were attacked by a gang. They told police that Mack was killed and stuffed into a suitcase by the gang.

However, security footage from the hotel shows Schaefer and Mack arguing in the lobby Monday night. In addition, a report from WLS-TV said there was trouble in the Mack household before the vacation. From January 2004 to June 2013, Oak Park police visited the house 86 times for various domestic violence, theft, and missing person reports. The couple is now staying quiet as they wait for a lawyer.

Mack’s husband passed away in 2006. Oddly enough, the victim’s husband also died on a family vacation, but of natural causes.