Federal authorities met the Las Vegas killer’s girlfriend at Los Angeles International Airport late Tuesday and said they will take a harder look at what she might have known leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Marilou Danley, 62, was staying in the Philippines on Sunday when her boyfriend, Stephen Paddock, opened fire from his hotel room and killed 59 people at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
Danley’s two sisters told a local Australian TV station, 7 News Sydney, that Paddock sent his girlfriend to the Philippines shortly before carrying out the attack.
One sister claimed that Danley was unaware of the trip.
“She was sent away. She was away so that she will not be there to interfere with what he’s planning,” the sister said.
Danley is an Australian citizen, born in the Philippines who lives in Mesquite, Nevada.
Days before the shooting, Paddock transferred $100,000 to the Philippines, a U.S. official told the Associated Press. That official was briefed by law enforcement but not authorized to speak publicly because of the continuing investigation.
Investigators were still trying to trace the money and also looking into a least a dozen financial reports over the past several weeks that said Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day, the official said.
Although not directly involved with the shooting, Danley was considered a “person of interest,” Clark County, Nev., Sherriff Joseph Lombardo said.
Lombardo said Tuesday he was “absolutely” confident authorities would determine what set off Paddock. He added that authorities “anticipate some information from [Danley] shortly.”
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that Danley has worked as a high-limit hostess at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa in Reno, Nev. The resort told the paper that Danley left her job years ago and it had no information on the gunman or his girlfriend.
The report said Danley was married to Geary Danley in Las Vegas in 1990. They divorced in 2015, the report said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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