Correction: Indonesia-US Woman Dead story

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm •  Published: August 23, 2014
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BALI, Indonesia (AP) — In a story Aug. 16 about the investigation into the killing of a Chicago woman in Indonesia, The Associated Press reported erroneously that police had charged an American couple with murder in connection with the case. Police said they were preparing murder charges against the man and woman.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Indonesian police preparing murder charges against US couple

Indonesian police preparing murder charges against US couple after body of woman's mom found stuffed in suitcase in Bali

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Friday they were preparing murder charges against an American couple after the body of the woman's 62-year-old mother was found stuffed in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, both from Chicago, were arrested Wednesday in Bali's Kuta area, a day after the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort.

The planned charges are based on witnesses and crime scene evidence, said Bali deputy police chief Brig. Gen. Gusti Ngurah Raharja Subyakta.

Police said the couple hired the taxi and placed the suitcase inside the trunk. They told the taxi driver that they were going to check out of the hotel and would return. After they didn't show up, hotel security guards who found blood spots on the suitcase suggested the driver take the taxi to the police station, where officers opened the suitcase and discovered the body.

The couple told investigators that von Wiese-Mack was killed by robbers while they managed to escape, according to the police chief for Bali's provincial capital of Denpasar, Col. Djoko Hari Utomo.

Utomo said that contradicted testimonies by the taxi driver and hotel employees.

Von Wiese-Mack, also from Chicago, and her daughter arrived at the St. Regis on Saturday, while Schaefer checked in on Monday, police said.

Security camera video showed that the victim had an argument with Schaefer on Monday in the hotel's lobby, police said.

Von Wiese-Mack's body was being autopsied at a hospital in Denpasar. Head of Forensics Ida Bagus Putu Alit said there were signs of violence on the body indicating that the victim fought before she died.

"We found scars on both forearms and the broken left-hand fingernail," Alit said following an external examination. "That indicated a resistance in a fight."

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