This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Marilou Danley.
(AP/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
An undated image purportedly showing Danley in front of the Burj Al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The one person who can provide insight into the Las Vegas killer’s warped mind — and potential motive — remained out of reach of U.S. authorities Tuesday. But they want to talk to her. Soon.
Marilou Danley, the Las Vegas shooter’s live-in girlfriend who left the country before Stephen Paddock gunned down 59 people outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, was cleared as a “person of interest” in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, but there’s still plenty of questions officials hope she can answer.
Marilou Danley was overseas during the Las Vegas shooting.
How and when did Paddock acquire his deadly arsenal? And why did he open fire on a country concert crowd, killing dozens and injuring more than 500 people?
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday that 62-year-old Marilou Danley is in Tokyo, although, on Tuesday, her location and estimated return date to America was not immediately clear.
Marilou Danley was initially declared a “person of interest.” Though that label was removed, police still want to talk to her.
“She was reported to have been in the Philippines at the time of the incident, but there are unconfirmed reports that she is no longer in the Philippines at this time,” Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar told the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday. Bolivar added there was “no official confirmation yet on her nationality, original or acquired”.
Police combing the hotel room Paddock fired out from found Danley’s slot machine card, Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisola told the Nevada Independent. Lombardo said Paddock was also carrying some of Danley’s identification.
Those items led police initially to declare her a person of interest and launch a search. But detectives later made contact with her and said that they “do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip.”
Marilou Danley’s LinkedIn profile listed her as a “high limit hostess.”
“I’ve met her three or four times,” Paddock’s brother, Eric, told CBS News. “She’s got a Facebook page, she sends my mom cookies.”
Danley’s LinkedIn profile reportedly listed her as working as a “high limit hostess” at Atlantis Casino in Reno between 2010 and 2013. The casino told the Reno Gazette-Journal it was cooperating in the investigation.
An Australian newspaper said Marilou Danley is an Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.
An Australian newspaper, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, reported Monday that Danley was an “Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.”
The newspaper said they believe she left the home she shared with Paddock in Mesquite around two weeks ago to head to the Philippines.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said American authorities contacted the country after the shooting for help trying to track down Danley.
“They did make inquiries of our authorities about her whereabouts, but she is no longer a person of interest,” Bishop told Channel Seven, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Multiple media outlets have reported that Danley’s now-deleted Facebook page identified her as a “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”
She previously was married to Arkansas resident Geary Danley, until the pair divorced in 2015.
A person listed as her witness in the divorce records insisted Marilou wasn’t connected with Paddock’s behavior.
“She had nothing to do with this psycho,” the man, who was not identified, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The poor lady, she is in the Philippines visiting family.”
Authorities have said Paddock has no links to international terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming him as “a soldier” who converted to Islam months ago, The Associated Press reported.