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Las Vegas killer's Australian girlfriend a "person of interest"

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Marilou Danley, the Australian girlfriend of Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock, is being brought back to the US from the Philippines by the FBI.

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Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters on Tuesday that Danley was “a person of interest” in the Sunday night attack, which left 59 dead and more than 500 injured after Paddock used high-powered firearms from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino to shoot concertgoers below before killing himself.

In a media conference that revealed chilling new details on Paddock’s planning for the massacre, Sheriff Lombardo said he expected a “substantial amount” of information on Paddock’s motive would emerge in the next 48 hours.

Danley, 62, is expected to arrive in Las Vegas from the Philippines as early as Wednesday.

When asked if Danley was a suspect the sheriff replied: “Currently she is a person of interest.”

Twenty-three guns were found in Paddock’s suite and a search of a Mesquite, Nevada, home the couple lived in found 19 firearms, explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Seven firearms were found at their Reno home.

The sheriff declined to confirm reports Paddock wired $US100,000 to the Philippines before the shooting.

“I will assure you the investigation with her is ongoing and we anticipate some information from her shortly,” Sheriff Lombardo said.

Marilou Danley. Photo: EPA/Supplied by Las Vegas police

Danley, who moved from the Philippines to Queensland in the 1980s, is a potential key figure in discovering Paddock’s motive.

The sheriff said on Monday that Danley was in Japan but in the latest media conference he said she was in the Philippines.

When asked why the FBI was not bringing her back to the US from the Philippines the sheriff replied: “That is occurring.”

“We are making progress,” the sheriff said in determining Paddock’s motive.

“But I do not have complete answers yet so I anticipate a substantial amount of information coming in the next 48 hours.”

– AAP

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