Armed Florida teen 'infatuated' with Columbine shooting who threatened Colorado schools found dead
Sol Pais, the 18-year-old Florida woman who was 'infatuated' with the Columbine shooting and threatened Colorado schools, has been found dead, law enforcement officials said. Her body was found near Mt Evans, which is about 60 miles from Denver and Littleton. She apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, law enforcement officials said.
"There is no longer a threat to the community," the FBI's Denver office tweeted on Wednesday, followed by the hashtag "#FindSol."
Pais was a student at Miami Beach Senior High School who was accused of making "credible," though not specific, threats to Colorado schools. She traveled from Miami to Denver on Monday night, prompting law enforcement officials in Florida to alert authorities in Colorado. The teenager was 5'5, and last seen wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots.
"Her comments, her actions that we have heard about from others tend to cause us great concern that she may pose a threat to a school," said Dean Phillips, the FBI special agent in charge at the Denver office, per CNN.
"She departed the [Denver] airport and went to a store, where she did procure a weapon," Phillips said, per 9News. "She obtained a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. She was then taken to an area where she was last seen out towards the foothills and we’ve been trying to find her ever since."
Authorities launched a nationwide search to find Pais, believing she might be planning some kind of attack on April 20, the 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre. On April 20, 1999, two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado killed 12 of their classmates and a teacher in a mass shooting. The perpetrators then killed themselves from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
As a result of Pais' threats, Denver Public School and almost 20 other school districts in Colorado closed on Wednesday. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader told CNN that the potential threat of more violence on the anniversary of the Columbine massacre hurt a community that is still grieving. "I know that this opens a wound, especially on an anniversary week, for those families who were most deeply impacted by this," Shrader said.
Students at Miami Beach High School told the Miami Herald they were surprised by her run from the law. "She didn’t seem any type of way. She was just bad at starting conversations," said 18-year-old senior Justin Norris, 18. "She was very quiet. I would usually see her doing homework ... she didn’t seem weird," said 18-year-old senior Eliana Donaire.
On Tuesday night, Miami FBI agents visited Pais' home. A man opened the door, identified himself as her father and said he had lost contact with Pais the night before. "I think maybe she’s got a mental problem,” he said. "I think she’s gonna be OK."