Strange things are still afoot when it comes to the story of Las Vegas rampage shooter Stephen Paddock, and the investigation into his crimes is far from over.
Paddock, a retired millionaire real estate investor and talented gambler, opened fire with a small armory of semi-automatic weapons in Las Vegas on October 1st killing 58 people and injuring well over 500 more. The 64 year old did so from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, firing into a crowd of country music fans enjoying a concert by Jason Aldean just a few hundred feet away.
The investigation into Stephen Paddock’s past has revealed very little about what could have motivated the otherwise average retiree to take up arms against his fellow Americans in such a heinous manner, and the small bits of information that do come to the public eye have provided us with more questions than answers.
Just this week, a new piece of the puzzle has come to light, and it is absolutely baffling investigators.
“A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned.“Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive before fatally shooting himself, and the missing device has not yet been recovered, sources told ABC News.
“Investigators digging into Paddock’s background also learned he purchased software designed to erase files from a hard drive, but without the hard drive to examine it is impossible to know if he ever used the software, one source said.
“The absence of substantial digital clues has left investigators struggling to piece together what triggered Paddock to kill 58 innocent concertgoers and injure more than 500 others on Oct. 1.”
Barring a goldfish-like “burial at sea” from the porcelain throne in his hotel room, the missing hard drive should be somewhere within the investigatory space, but has yet to turn up.
This peculiar piece of information seems to line up with other American massacres, including the incidents at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Virginia Tech, in which both shooters removed and/or destroyed hard drives and SIM cards in an effort to cover their own digital footprint.