Las Vegas police and federal authorities released their final report on the worst mass shooting in American history this week, admitting they were unable to find any motive behind Stephen Paddock’s rampage in Nevada.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, local police have “concluded” their investigation into the October 1st massacre that took the lives of 58 people and injured hundreds more; saying “we have not been able to definitively answer why.”
“What we have been able to answer are the questions of who, what, when, where and how,” said the Sheriff during a press briefing. “What we have not been able to definitively answer is the ‘why’ Stephen Paddock committed this act.”
“In reference to the 2,000 investigated leads, 22,000 hours of video, 252,000 images obtained and approximately 1,000 served legal processes, nothing was found to indicate motive on the part of Paddock or that he acted with anyone else,” states the report.
Read the full report here.
VEGAS MYSTERY DEEPENS: Coroner REFUSES to RELEASE Gunman’s Autopsy
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.