Chicago Woman Killed in Bali Was Hit by "Blunt Object"

Von Wiese-Mack’s body is expected to be returned to the U.S. on Monday for further investigation

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    An autopsy has revealed that a Chicago woman, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali this week, was struck by a blunt object, officials said Saturday.

    The body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found inside a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort Tuesday. Her daughter, 19-year-old Heather Mack, and her daughter’s boyfriend, 21-year-old Tommy Schaefer are accused in her murder.

    Officials said an initial examination of the victim’s body indicates she suffered a blow to the head and back of the neck with a blunt object, according to NBC News. A defensive wound was also found on her left hand, according to Dr. Dudut Rustyadi, head of the police forensic team.

    Local police said Saturday that a bloody towel, bloody vase and bloodied sheets were found at the crime scene.

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    The new details come just one day after reports that Heather Mack told police she is pregnant.

    Mack’s attorney, Michael Elkin, issued a statement Saturday claiming Mack is approximately two months pregnant. He also alleged she has been “seriously physically assaulted while in custody.”

    “Heather was told that if she does not speak to the police she will be deprived of food and water,” the statement read.

    Local police said the two suspects are not talking and police are waiting for the results of the pregnancy test.

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    Von Wiese-Mack’s body is expected to be returned to the U.S. on Monday for further investigation, officials said.