The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, Marilou Danley, has returned to the United States, LAX Airport, on Tuesday evening.
When she arrived at the airport, officials said FBI agents met Danley, 62, the AP reported. She “was not placed under arrest and it was not known when, or if, Danley would agree to be interviewed,” according to the LA Times report.
Danley told immigration officials in Los Angeles that she was stressed but gave her word to Las Vegas police that she would return to the U.S., and she kept her promise. She also noted she wants to know what happened.
“We’re happy that she is back here to shed some light and we hope we can eventually discover the reason why he, Paddock, went out doing that very tragic thing,” Adelio Angelito S. Cruz, the Consul General at the Philippines consulate in Los Angeles, told by phone on Wednesday.
Soon after her boyfriend, Stephan Paddock, carried out the deadliest shooting in the United States history, Marilou Danley did not appear to be in a panic, reportedly telling a family member she had a “clean conscience.”
Authorities in the US, Philippines and Australia have been involved in the search for Danley, in the hope, she might be able to shed some light on the motive behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
“No one can put the puzzles together, no one, except Marilou, because Steve is not here to talk anymore. Only Marilou can maybe help,” her sister said.
“She probably was even more shocked than us because she is more closer to him than us. You know, to be able to find out the person you love and live with can do such a thing? And you thought you know the person yourself.”
“If Marilou was there, this maybe did not happen because she will not let it happen.”
Authorities say that before the shooting, Paddock transferred a large amount of money — $100,000 — to someone in the Philippines, possibly his girlfriend. Eric Paddock said he now believes his brother may have been trying to manage for Danley to be abroad before carrying out his massacre.
Investigators are still trying to trace the large wire transfer and are checking reports Paddock had been gambling more than $10,000 per day before the massacre, a U.S. official briefed by law enforcement told the Associated Press.
Paddock killed 59 innocent people and injured more than 520 before taking his own life, moments before the team of police officers stormed his room at the hotel.
Police said Danley was Paddock’s roommate and companion, according to the AP, but they described the mass shooting as a “lone wolf” attack, and it is not clear what Paddock’s motive was for the mass shooting.