The companion of the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, has
been put on a U.S. government watch list as the FBI continues to press her for
information about the worst mass shooting in modern American
history, federal law enforcement officials told ABC News.
Marilou Danley has been designated a Transportation Security
Administration selectee, meaning authorities will be
notified if she attempts to board any commercial flight.
The travel designation will require her to undergo extra
screening and will notify authorities if she tries to leave the
country on a commercial flight, two law enforcement sources
told ABC News.
At this stage of the
investigation, officials believe that Danley played no part
in — and had no knowledge of — her now deceased boyfriend’s
plan to open fire on concertgoers from the Mandalay Bay hotel
last week, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others
before killing himself.
On Friday, Matthew Lombard, her attorney, told reporters that
she continues to cooperate with authorities.
Investigators believe that Danley’s relationship with Paddock
changed over time, evolving from intimate companion,
authorities said, to more of a caretaker for him.
“I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man,” Danley
said in a statement read by her attorney last week. “I loved
him and hoped for a quiet future together with him.”
She added that she feared, when Paddock bought her a plane
ticket to the Philippines and wired her a significant sum of
money, that it “was a way of breaking up” with her.
The travel designation, secondary security screening selectee,
will appear on her boarding pass at the airport and indicates
authorities want to be alerted if Danley, a Philippine native
who travels under an Australian passport, makes any effort to
travel out of the region or out of the country on a commercial
The designation also gives TSA officers the authority to more
aggressively search her luggage.
Officials with the Department of Homeland Security
did not respond Monday to questions about Danley’s travel