Manila: The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock returned to the US today from the Philippines, where she had received $100,000 from him before he massacred 58 people, authorities in Manila said.
Marilou Danley flew out of Manila’s international airport on Tuesday night for Los Angeles, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP. Aviation websites showed the Philippine Airlines flight that Mangrobang said Danley had taken landed in the United States on Wednesday morning Philippine time, but Tuesday evening in Los Angeles.
The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the FBI, its US counterpart, had sought help in finding Danley, 62. “Danley arrived in the Philippines last month, and then there was a wire transfer to her account for $100,000 from Stephen,” NBI spokesman Nick Suarez told AFP. “The FBI has coordinated with the Philippine office of the Interpol to look for her.”
Suarez said the FBI considered Danley a “person of interest”, but not necessarily a suspect. Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant, killed 58 people and injured at least 527 others when he used a vast arsenal of weapons to shoot at a Las Vegas concert from a hotel room on Sunday.
Danley is an Australian citizen who moved to the United States 20 years ago to work on the casino strip, the Australian government confirmed Tuesday. “There are reports her ID was used for booking the hotel or some such detail,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.
“Australia will support the US authorities in their investigation in whatever way we can, but we have not had contact with Marilou Danley directly.” Media reports said Danley was born in the Philippines, although the Philippine foreign department and Suarez said they could not confirm that. Paddock killed himself after mowing down the concert-goers.