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Victims, families recover belongings left at Route 91 festival

Posted at 3:43 PM, Oct 08, 2017

UPDATE OCT. 9: Attendees of the Route 91 music festival have begun the process of recovering their items left at the site of the horrific Oct. 1 mass shooting. In all of the chaos, keys, wallets, clothing and other items were left behind.

Finally, those with missing items are able to retrieve their belongings and gain whatever little  comfort they bring.

ORIGINAL STORY: LAS VEGAS (AP) - Officials who are announcing a property return plan for concertgoers who fled gunfire at a Las Vegas music festival a week ago say more items will be made available in coming days for people who were in other areas of the venue.

Deputy Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck said Sunday that items are being returned first to people who were in and in front of the VIP tent and bleacher seating east of the stage at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

He says they've collected everything from thousands of lawn chairs to purses, wallets, and phones from people escaping the gunfire.  They're all being sorted and made available at the Family Assistance Center at the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center every day from 9 am to 7 pm.

Steinbeck says the center is also housing resources people might need all in one place - including help with travel, replacing an ID, and grief counseling.

Officials say updates for people who left belongings in other areas of the festival grounds will be made public through news reports and on Twitter on @ClarkCountyNV, @LVMPD, @FBILasVegas and with the hashtags #1October and #VegasStrong.

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Breault says officials aren't answering any questions right now about the investigation itself.

She says people unclear about where their possessions may have been left might want to wait until all items have been catalogued and are made available for pickup.

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