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Teen held after mum's body found in suitcase at top hotel

The teenage daughter of an American woman found dead inside a suitcase on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali has asked for US legal representation, an Indonesian lawyer said.

Police arrested the daughter, Heather Mack, (19) and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, (21) after a taxi driver found a battered body in a suitcase outside the St Regis luxury hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The body was identified as Chicago-based Sheila von Wiese-Mack, (62).

"She doesn't want to comment on the incident and she declined to give any information," Haposan Sihombing, anIndonesian lawyer appointed by police to represent Mack, told reporters.

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"She kept asking to be represented by a lawyer from the United States," Sihombing said.

Neither Mack nor Schaefer have been charged.

The US State Department is aware of reports of a US citizen's death in Bali and the arrests of two people in connection with the case, said a State Department spokeswoman.

Police said the young couple left a bloodied suitcase along with other luggage in the taxi and went to check out of the five-star hotel, where a single room can cost $1,340 a night.

The couple did not return so the taxi driver checked the luggage and found the body.

Ida Bagus Putu Alit, a forensic expert at the hospital that conducted an autopsy, said von Wiese-Mack had been "hit by a blunt object and the blows were concentrated on the face and head.

"There were signs of a struggle by the victim as there werebruises on her arms and some fingers were broken," Alit said.

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