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Investigators hunt for mystery woman seen with Vegas shooter

Investigators are trying to identify a mystery woman who had been seen with Stephen Paddock days before he carried out the Las Vegas massacre, law enforcement sources told NBC News. Officials don’t know if she had any connection to the attack, but they want to interview her as they build a timeline of Paddock’s last days, according to the network. His longtime girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was not in Las Vegas when he turned his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into a fortress and slaughtered 58 people at an outdoor music festival.

Danley’s sisters have said the madman sent her to her native Philippines more than a week before the mass shooting. He later wired her $100,000. After returning to the US on Wednesday, Danley was interviewed by the FBI and released a statement through her attorney saying she had no advance knowledge of Paddock’s maniacal plans.

“I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man,” Danley said in the statement. “He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.” She also said she thought Paddock had decided to dump her when he shipped her off and sent her the money.

“I was grateful, but honestly, I was worried, that first, the unexpected trip home, and then the money, was a way of breaking up with me,” she said. “It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.” Authorities have not described Danley as a suspect, but Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo has said she was a “person of interest.”  She is not under arrest or currently facing any charges. No motive has emerged yet for the carnage wrought by Paddock, a wealthy, 64-year-old retired accountant who liked to gamble and owned an upscale home at a golf course retirement community in Nevada.

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