A terrorism link to the Philippines has not been ruled out as the inspiration for the Las Vegas concert massacre as the gunman’s Filipina-Australian girlfriend arrives back in the US.
Marilou Danley, accompanied by FBI agents, arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (Wednesday AEDT) on a flight from Manila and was met by FBI agents. She will later be taken to Las Vegas.
Investigators want to know why her boyfriend Stephen Paddock, 64, meticulously planned and then executed a sniper attack from the 32nd floor of his suite in the Mandalay Bay casino that killed 59 concertgoers and injured more than 500 others on Sunday.
Danley, an Australian citizen born in the Philippines, had been sharing Paddock’s home at a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, 130km northeast of Las Vegas, according to public records.
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“We have a lot of questions, I can tell you that,” Las Vegas Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters on Tuesday.
At an earlier briefing, Sherrif Joseph Lombardo reiterated police had no other suspects in the shooting itself.
Investigators initially distanced Paddock’s murderous rampage from terrorism but with the lack of a motive, Ms Danley’s presence in the Philippines and reports Paddock wired $US100,000 ($A127,600) to the terrorism hot spot, authorities refused to rule it out.
“We haven’t absolutely ruled out anything in this investigation,” said Undersheriff McMahill when asked about a potential Philippines terrorism link.