LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas gunmanâs girlfriend returned to the U.S. overnight after a weekslong trip abroad and was met by investigators seeking to question her for clues to what drove Stephen Paddock to slaughter 59 people from his high-rise hotel suite.
More than two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, why someone with no known record of violence or crime would open fire on a country music festival was still a mystery.
Paddockâs girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, who was in the Philippines at the time of the Sunday night bloodbath, was met by FBI agents at the Los Angeles airport late Tuesday, according to a law enforcement official who wasnât authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who has called Danley a âperson of interestâ in the attack, said on Tuesday that âwe anticipate some information from her shortlyâ and that he is âabsolutelyâ confident authorities will find out what set off Paddock.
The 64-year-old high-stakes gambler and retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself as police closed in on his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay hotel casino. More than 500 people were injured in the attack.
Danleyâs sisters in Australia said in a TV interview there that they believe she couldnât have known about Paddockâs murderous plans and that he must have sent her away so she wouldnât interfere.
The sisters - whose faces were obscured and their names withheld - said Danley is âa good personâ who would have stopped Paddock had she been there
âShe didnât even know that she was going to the Philippines until Steve said, âMarilou, I found you a cheap ticket to the Philippines,ââ said one of the sisters, who live near Brisbane.