Sol Pais

This combination of undated photos released by the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 shows Sol Pais. On Tuesday authorities said they are looking pais, suspected of making threats on Columbine High School, just days before the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting that killed 13 people. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Florida Woman Deemed A Threat To Colorado Schools Found Dead

April 17, 2019 - 2:45 pm
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LITTLETON, Colo. (WCBS 880/AP) — A young Florida woman who authorities say was so "infatuated" with the Columbine school shooting they feared she was planning an attack in Colorado just days ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after a nearly 24-hour manhunt.

Sol Pais, an 18-year-old Miami Beach high school student, was allegedly on the run after making threats that led to the closure of Denver-area schools Wednesday.

The FBI and sheriff’s department say she flew to Colorado on Monday night and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition.

On Wednesday, the search moved to Echo Lake Campground in the Arapaho National Forest, centered at the base of Mount Evans.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader told reporters Wednesday that the FBI found Sol Pais dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after their search in the area began.

The FBI says there is no longer a threat to the community.

All classes and extracurricular activities for about a half-million students were canceled as a precaution. Sheriff's spokesman Mike Taplin said Pais’ threats were general and not specific to any school.

The FBI said Pais was "considered to be extremely dangerous" and "made threats to commit an act of violence in the Denver metropolitan area" ahead of Saturday's anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School that killed 13 people.

"We always have heightened awareness close to high-profile anniversaries like this," said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Messages left by The Associated Press at two numbers listed for Pais' relatives in Florida were not immediately returned, while another number was disconnected.

Two teenage gunmen attacked Columbine on April 20, 1999, killing 12 classmates and a teacher before taking their own lives.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)