Sol Pais, woman ‘infatuated’ with Columbine, found dead with self-inflicted gunshot wound

17 April, 2019, 21:26 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Office via Facebook Sol Pais

Schools in the United States city of Denver closed Wednesday amid fears that an armed teenager obsessed with the Columbine High School massacre 20 years ago poses a "credible threat".

The 18 year-old was reportedly found near the Echo Lake Lodge at the base of Mount Evans in Clear Creek County.

They say she has not made a specific threat but say her fascination with the Columbine shooting and the gunmen and her recent actions raised suspicions.

Because of the threat, Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver locked their doors for almost three hours Tuesday afternoon, and some canceled evening activities or moved them inside.

This is a developing story.

He said once they detain her, they will hold her for as long as they legally can.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said he didn't believe there was an active pursuit when she was found dead, though there were plenty of staff on the ground searching in different areas.

The doors were locked at Columbine and more than 20 other schools in the Denver area as the sheriff's office said it was investigating threats against schools related to an FBI investigation. Surfside officers turned the case over to Miami Beach police detectives, who found her "deeply disturbed" online postings and immediately notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a law enforcement source.

Authorities have posted pictures of Pais, her unsmiling visage framed by shoulder-length brown hair.

The FBI said Pais was "considered to be extremely dangerous" and "made threats to commit an act of violence in the Denver metropolitan area".

Gov. Jared Polis is assuring Colorado residents that federal, state and local law enforcement are "dedicating all of their resources to locate this unsafe individual".


The threats prompted Denver Public Schools and nearly 20 other local school districts to close Wednesday.

"We know that there is a lot of anxiety right now in Colorado", Polis said in a statement.

"She was to herself", the unidentified mother told the Miami Herald. "The threats appear limited to schools in Colorado".

Prior to news of Pais' death, a man who said he was Pais' father told the Miami Herald he lost contact with his daughter Sunday.

"When this threat came in - we're used to threats, frankly, at Columbine".

Authorities have said Pais is 18 and traveled from Miami to Colorado Monday night.

Jefferson County Public Schools, which includes Columbine High School in Littleton, were among nearly 20 school districts closed Wednesday as authorities searched for Pais.

On Tuesday, some schools released their students after additional security was called in and canceled evening activities or moved them inside.

"I think maybe she's got a mental problem", he said.

Investigators say Pais traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night and bought a shotgun and ammunition.

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