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The Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend has returned to the US for questioning


Updated October 04, 2017 03:10 PM EDT

Marilou Danley's two sisters spoke too the CNN affiliate Seven Network Australia about their sister's relationship to Stephen Paddock. The sisters did the interview from their home in Australia.

"She was sent away. She was sent away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he's planning," one of Danley's sisters said. "In that sense, I thank him for sparing my sister's life." The sister added that Danley was "really in love with Steve." The two sisters did not want to be identified by name and requested their faces be blurred.

The girlfriend of the man behind a recent mass shooting in Las Vegas has returned to the U.S. after spending several weeks overseas.

A law enforcement official said FBI agents met Marilou Danley, 62, at the airport in Los Angeles late Tuesday evening.

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Danley was in the Philippines last Sunday when Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

Paddock killed at least 59 people and wounded at least 527 more while shooting from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday speculated about what Danley would reveal about Paddock, who had no known criminal record or public records depicting financial struggles.

Danley first reached the Philippines on Sept. 15, according to immigration documents there, before departing for Hong Kong on Sept. 22.

Paddock’s girlfriend then returned to the Philippines three days later, all the while traveling on an Australian passport.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo earlier this week called Danley a “person of interest” in the attack, adding Tuesday he is “absolutely” confident authorities will discern Paddock’s motive.

“We anticipate some information from her shortly,” he said of Danley, who has sisters living in Australia.

Paddock killed himself late last Sunday after committing the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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