The girlfriend of the man police say committed the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, arrived back on American soil Tuesday night.
Marilou Danley, 62-years old and a former “high-limit hostess” at a Vegas casino, was named a person of interest by Vegas police after they discovered the body of 64-year-old Stephen Paddock inside his hotel room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Police scanner traffic during the shooting indicated that a credit/debit card with Danley’s name on it was found in the 32nd-floor room, which authorities say Paddock used to open fire with multiple automatic weapons on a group of over 22,000 people gathered for a country music concert across the street. The chaotic gunfire killed 58 people and injured 527. Police say Paddock was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and multiple firearms.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said earlier Tuesday that authorities anticipated “some information from (Danley)” upon her arrival.
Danley’s sister revealed to NBC 7 News that Marilou was “sent away” to her home country of the Philippines by Padock before the deadly shooting.
Travel records obtained by ABC News showed Danley uses an Australian passport and traveled to the Philippines on September 15. One week later, she flew from Manila to Hong Kong and then returned three days later on September 25. Sources told ABC News Paddock sent “tens of thousands” of dollars to someone in the Philippines in recent months.
Danley was out of the country when the massacre took place and had been flown back to the U.S. to be questioned as part of the investigation. She was greeted by federal agents at LAX and escorted out of the airport in a wheelchair in video obtained by NBC News. It wasn’t immediately known where she was being taken.
Watch the video of her arriving back on American soil below:
Lombardi said after the shooting incident that Danley didn’t appear to have been involved in the shooting, but has since been wanted for questioning.
Danley is a mother and grandmother and was described by police as a 4’11” Asian woman. Her Facebook page has been deleted, but many photos show Danley with family members. Police say Danley and Paddock lived together near Vegas.
Paddock is described as a retired accountant who had no criminal history or political or religious affiliations. A spokesperson for the Office of Personnel Management told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Stephen Paddock worked as an agent for the Internal Revenue Service in its auditing department and was also a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.
The spokesperson said Paddock worked as a mailman for the USPS for two years from 1976-1978 and then worked for the IRS for six years until 1984. After that, he worked as a defense auditor, a job he held for about 18 months.
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