Marilou Danley remains a person of interest in the investigation into the shooting and county police have said they will want to speak to her once she has returned to the United States.
In recent years, while with Paddock, the petite, 62-year-old “proud mom and grandma” had become less neighbourly and had, on at least one occasion, endured insults from him as they queued for coffee at Starbucks, according to reports. About a week later, she traveled to the Philippines, possibly to visit family. The attack killed 59 people and wounded more than 500.
Police said former casino worker Danley was not believed to be involved in the shooting but investigators are hoping she can shed light on Paddock’s state of mind and their relationship as they try to find a motive for the sickening attack. Another one of her sisters added “In that sense, I thank him for sparing my sister’s life”, and that Danley was “really in love with Steve”.
The amateur investigators who frequent 4chan’s /pol (short for “politically incorrect”) discussion board identified a man named Geary Danley as the shooter-a claim that was incorrect and based on primarily on political motivations rather than factual information. She is a good and gentle person.
Officials say Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock had been stockpiling guns since 1982 and bought 33 firearms in the a year ago.
Police also confirmed on Tuesday that Paddock had set up cameras inside and outside his room, including two in the hallway and one in the peephole of his hotel room door. Danley’s two sisters spoke to 7 News Australia and had their faces blurred.
He had wired $100,000 to Danley in the Philippines last week, authorities in Manila said on Wednesday, citing the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Investigators are also examining a $100,000 wire transfer that Paddock sent to an account in the Philippines that appeared to be intended for Danley, a senior US homeland security official told Reuters on Tuesday.
“She’s probably one of the most happy, outgoing, full-of-life people I’ve ever known”. She is an Australian citizen. She once worked at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa in Reno, which said Danley left the company “several years ago”.
“I assure you this investigation is not ended with the demise of Mr Paddock”.
“I never saw them”, she said of her neighbors.
She was located in Japan on Tuesday (NZ time) a day after Paddock filled his 32nd floor suite of the Mandalay Bay casino with 19 high-powered guns, including assault rifles with scopes, and fired on the crowd below.
Meanwhile, Ms Danley’s sisters have said they believe she was “sent away” so she could not interfere with her boyfriend’s plan to open fire on thousands of people in the massacre.
But when a SWAT team stormed the room where Paddock had been staying since September 28, they found he had killed himself.