How victims, families can retrieve personal effects from Route 91

LAS VEGAS - Officials say they're beginning to return personal belongings to concertgoers who were in one corner of the festival grounds where a gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel a week ago.

Deputy Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck announced Sunday that items are being returned to people at a Family Assistance Center in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"In this world, if you lost your wallet or your purse or your phone, a lot of times there's nothing, you can't get stuff done. It's hard to get back to regular life, so we wanted to make sure that that was available for you when you came in," Steinbeck said.

Officials from Orlando, Florida are in Las Vegas lending their expertise in the process.

"Unfortunately, we did learn the hard way in Orlando after the Pulse tragedy in June of 2016, but we're grateful that we can use some of what we learned to help those here in Las Vegas," Kathy Devault, City of Orlando.  

For now, items are being returned to people who were in the area in and around the VIP tent and bleacher seating east of the stage at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

Federal agents have spent almost a week collecting evidence amid thousands of personal items like cell phones, baby strollers, lawn chairs, backpacks, shoes, and purses left behind when people scattered late Oct. 1.

The FBI is coordinating the returns with a victim questionnaire on its website, www.fbi.gov/lvmusicfestivalshooting, or by email at LVFestivalAssist@fbi.gov .
 


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