Las Vegas killer’s girlfriend in US

US police have said the woman, a former casino employee, was living with Paddock in Nevada
US police have said the woman, a former casino employee, was living with Paddock in Nevada

The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock has arrived in the United States, where she is wanted for questioning.

Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines, was met by federal agents when she landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, US media report.

Reports said Paddock transferred US$100,000 (£75,400) to her in the Philippines before Sunday’s shooting.

He killed 58 concert-goers and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas.

The retiree sprayed bullets into a crowd attending a country music festival from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, before apparently killing himself.

Paddock had no criminal record and was not known to police, who have yet to state his motives for the shooting, the worst in US modern history.

US authorities have since named Ms Danley a “person of interest” in the investigation, and said they had been in contact with her seeking information on Paddock shortly after the shooting.

She had been in the Philippines since late September, local media reported.

Her sisters told Australian outlet 7News that Ms Danley had not known about the trip until Paddock told her he had bought her a ticket to the Philippines. “She was sent away… so that she will not be there to interfere with what he’s planning,” they said.

Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Hotel on 28 September, reportedly using some of Ms Danley’s identity documents.

The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation told AFP news agency it was investigating reports that Paddock sent US$100,000 to Ms Danley in the Philippines days before the shooting.

Ms Danley’s sisters also told 7News that she had been wired that amount in the Philippines.

An unnamed US official told Reuters news agency that investigators were assuming the amount was intended as a form of life insurance for her.

Eric Paddock, the youngest brother of Stephen Paddock, told The New York Times that his brother loved and doted on Ms Danley.

“She was probably one of the only people I’ve ever seen that he’d go out of his way to do a little thing for.”

Who is Marilou Danley?

  • The 62-year-old Australian citizen was reportedly born in the Philippines.
  • Lived in Queensland for about 10 years in the 1980s while married to an Australian.
  • She then moved to the US and was married to American Geary Danley, whom she divorced in 2015.
  • Used to work as a casino hostess attending to “high-limit” players, and is thought to have met Stephen Paddock in a Nevada casino.
  • US police say she had been living in Nevada with Paddock.

Sources: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, US media outlets

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Source: BBC

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