As reported by TheBlaze:
The Clark County coroner has completed his autopsy on Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, and has decided to send his body off for additional testing.
What does he think?
John Fudenberg announced Friday that he had completed his autopsy on the 64-year-old Paddock and said that he wouldn’t announce the results for several months. However, he did confirm that he didn’t find anything out of the ordinary.
Meanwhile, Paddock’s body is being sent to Stanford University for further study — especially on his brain.
What do investigators think?
Paddock was an avid gambler and traveler who didn’t have big political or religious affiliations, police say. He was a very financially successful man, but police interviews have discovered that Paddock may have had a severe mental illness that went undiagnosed, according to ABC News.
People who knew or interacted with Paddock say he had a difficulty interacting with people, and was a “standoff-ish, disconnected man who had difficulty establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships,” ABC reported.
One law enforcement described Paddock as having social traits similar to other mass shooters, according to Fox News. Plus, given that those close to Paddock are surprised by his actions, an untreated mental illness could explain how he carefully planned the crime while maintaining his normal life.
What does Paddock’s girlfriend say?
Despite claims by those acquainted with Paddock, the mass killer’s live-in girlfriend, Marilou Danley, said there was no indication that Paddock would become violent. Paddock’s brother, Eric, was also surprised by his brother’s actions.
What do others say?
It was revealed late last week that the mystery woman spotted with Paddock just days before the crime was a Las Vegas escort. According to the Daily Mail, one prostitute who had frequent encounters with Paddock said he bragged about being “born bad” and said Paddock often liked to act out “violent rape fantasies.”
Why the brain?
According to the New York Post, investigators and researchers are going to probe Paddock’s gray matter to search for more clues to explain why he committed the massacre. Some people who knew Paddock thought he had an undiagnosed mental illness.
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Microscopic tissue examination can reveal otherwise hidden conditions such as dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.
Paddock’s brain has so far shown no obvious sign of tumor, injury or abnormality during a more routine autopsy conducted last week by Vegas coroners, according to officials — who have yet to release toxicology results or an official cause and manner of death.
Is the extended test normal?
According to former Clark County coroner Michael Murphy, the extended forensic analysis is normal.
“These physicians will be able to look at anomalies, or things that are not normally seen, and see if there’s any organic reason why this individual, this shooter, did what he did,” he told KVVU-TV.
The coroner in Las Vegas says the body of the man who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was sent to Stanford University for study.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Friday that an autopsy was completed on 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, but a finding on a cause and manner of his death is not expected for several months.
Former Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said the extended study is the “logical next step.”
“These physicians will be able to look at anomalies, or things that are not normally seen, and see if there’s any organic reason why this individual, this shooter, did what he did,” Murphy said.
Fudenberg said he awaits the results of multiple forensic analysis at Stanford, including a neurological examination of Paddock’s brain tissue.
The coroner said the bodies of all 58 victims in the Oct. 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert on the Las Vegas Strip were returned to next-of-kin by Oct. 6.
What will happen to Paddock’s body when investigators are done with it?
Investigators plan to return Paddock’s body to his family when they are done using it in their investigation, according to The Associated Press.