In yet another stunning twist into the investigation of Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas rampage, the Clark County coroner’s office is refusing to release the gunman’s autopsy; saying they won’t disclose the report until “ordered to” by a District Judge.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the coroner’s office has desperately fought to keep the official autopsy of Stephen Paddock’s body confidential, going so far as to pay out $32,000 in legal fees to fight those seeking to view the findings.
This week, a Las Vegas court ordered the Clark County office to release the records but has so far failed to comply; claiming they were waiting for the legal decision to be “finalized.”
“I don’t believe this is consistent with what the court ordered,” said an attorney on behalf of those seeking to view the report. “They have delayed this for too long, and whatever stage the coroner’s report on Paddock is in, it should be provided to the Review-Journal and Associated Press without further delay. No more games. Release the records.”
“(The judge) also rejected arguments by the coroner’s office that there were any privacy interests with regards to the autopsy of Stephen Paddock, let alone any that outweighed the strong presumption of access to records in Nevada,” added the lawyer.
The coroner’s decision to withhold the autopsy raises even more questions as speculation swirls surrounding the case. Local law enforcement have released little information regarding Paddock’s rampage; the worst mass shooting in American history.
VEGAS MYSTERY DEEPENS: Gunman's Hard Drive VANISHES from Crime Scene
A laptop recovered from the 32nd story hotel suite where Stephen Paddock launched his deadly assault in Las Vegas had its hard drive intentionally removed prior to the shooting; further clouding the gunman’s motives and raising new questions over why he intentionally covered his tracks.
According to ABC News, Paddock intentionally removed the hard disk before SWAT officers stormed his hotel room, but the drive’s location remains a mystery and has not yet been recovered.
The disk may provide insight into why Paddock launched his rampage and how he avoided detection.
Federal investigators also believe Paddock purchased forensic software that allows individuals to permanently delete records and files from a personal computer, again signaling the gunman intended to conceal his motives from investigators.
The Las Vegas Police Department and the FBI are struggling to come to grips with the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Mass shooters commonly leave behind manifestos, writings, or digital footprints that shed light on their atrocities.
So far, little is known over why Stephen Paddock, a former accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, went on his murderous rampage that left 58 people dead and over 500 injured.
VEGAS MYSTERY DEEPENS: Security Guard Still Missing, Last Seen at Hospital
The mystery surrounding the Mandalay Bay security guard injured during Stephen Paddock’s deadly rampage earlier this month continues to widen; with his union boss telling reporters he hasn’t heard from the man since he visited an emergency care clinic days ago.
According to Fox News, security guard Jesus Campos suddenly vanished last week; disappearing just moments before he was set to address reporters and give “his side of the story.” Campos’ union boss spoke with reporters about his last minutes with the guard, adding he hasn’t heard from him since.
“For the past four days, he’s been preparing … we had a meeting with MGM officials, and after that meeting was over, we talked about the interviews, we went to a private area, and when we came out, Mr. Campos was gone,” said David Hickey of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America.
“Right now I’m just concerned where my member is, and what his condition is. It’s highly unusual,” he added. “I’m hoping everything is OK with him and I’m sure MGM or the union will let [media] know when we hear something.”
Campos finds himself at the center of the ongoing investigation of the Las Vegas massacre earlier this month, the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.
According to the official police timeline, Campos was shot as he approached Stephen Paddock’s 32nd story hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino just moments before the gunman opened fire on a country music festival; killing 58 people and injuring hundreds.