Investigators looking into the Las Vegas shooting are turning to Marilou Danley, the shooter's 62-year old girlfriend, for a possible motive as to why the man would commit such an act. She will also be asked to clarify her personal knowledge and potential involvement in the crime.
Danley, who was away in her native country of the Philippines at the time, has just been flown to Los Angeles and is now meeting with private investigators. According to ABC News, she is currently being treated as a witness in the crime and is therefore allowed to go where she pleases.
Little is known about Danley's prior knowledge of the crime or the extent of her connection to the shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. ABC reports that the two met at a Nevada casino a few years ago.
Danley is said to have lived in Australia until 2003, when she and her former husband moved to Nevada. The two had a daughter and a granddaughter. She filed for divorce from her husband of 25 years in 2015, and moved with Paddock to Mesquite, Nevada, a few years later.
The Daily Caller reports that Danley left the U.S. on Sept. 15 using an Australian passport, then flew from the Philippines to Hong Kong Sept. 22, then returned back to the Philippines on Sept. 25. It is not yet known why Danley was abroad at the time of the shooting, though one of her sisters told an Australian news source that it's possible Paddock sent her away.
"I know that she don't know anything as well, like us," said Danley's sister, according to ABC News. "She was sent away. She was away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he's planning."
Danley's brother, Reynaldo Bustos, told ABC News that he contacted his sister upon learning of the shooting.
"I called her up immediately and she said, 'Relax, we shouldn't worry about it. I'll fix it. Do not panic. I have a clean conscience,'" Bustos said in his native Tagalog language.
Others who are close to Danley said they would have a hard time imagining her being involved in the shooting.
"She is a good and gentle person," said Dionne Waltrip, one of her ex-husband's children. "I know she has to be devastated by what has happened."
Waltrip said her father was unaware of Danley’s relationship with Paddock.
According to The Daily Caller, Paddock sent $100,000 to someone in the Philippines during the week before the incident. Investigators are expected to question Danley about the money.
ABC News says that Danley has attracted more attention from law enforcement after an arsenal of weapons and explosives was found at her and Paddock's home in Mesquite.
"We are continuing the investigation into that female,” said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. "There are several questions that need to be answered."