Stephen Paddock’s missing hard drive has left one more puzzle for investigators to solve as they try to make sense of events surrounding one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history, The New York Times reported.
Authorities don't know what drove Paddock to open fire on a Las Vegas concert, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more, and now new information has emerged to further complicate the case.
On Wednesday, ABC News reported that Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive from a computer recovered from his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Sources told the network that Paddock had removed the hard drive sometime before he fatally shot himself in the hotel room and it is yet to be recovered.
Additionally, is has been discovered that Paddock purchased software designed specifically to erase files from a hard drive, although it cannot be established whether this was used or not without the hard drive to examine.
Investigators are going over all aspects of Paddock’s life, from finances to travel patterns, but a motive remains elusive.
It has been established that Stephen Paddock was an avid gambler and held the title of "lifetime winner" at MGM Resorts properties, The New York Times noted.
He also went to great lengths to collect his large cache of guns, traveling extensively to build up his armory. All weapons were purchased legally.
In an unrelated turn of events, Stephen Paddock’s estranged 58-year-old brother, Bruce Paddock, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of child pornography.
According to NBC News, the investigations predated the Las Vegas massacre, and Bruce Paddock was accused of being in possession of over 600 explicit images of minors in 2014.
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