Sol Pais, the woman 'infatuated with Columbine' and at the center of a massive manhunt, is reportedly dead

Jefferson County Sheriff’s OfficeSol Pais
  • Sol Pais was found near the Echo Lake Lodge in Clear Creek County, Colorado, on Wednesday.
  • CBS Denver reported Pais, 18, was naked and running through the woods with a gun when police discovered her.
  • A law enforcement source later told CBS Denver that Pais was dead. Denver’s 9News reported that Pais died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The 18-year-old woman who police said was “infatuated with Columbine” and had made threats that led to state-wide school closings in Colorado is dead,officials announced at a press conference.

Sol Pais was found near the Echo Lake Lodge in Clear Creek County, Colorado, following an extensive search focused on the base of Mount Evans, according to CBS Denver.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at the press conference Wednesday that FBI agents found Pias dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Colorado office of the FBI tweeted that “there is no longer a threat to the community.”

A woman who was hiking in the area told CBS Denver that she was told to leave the area because a woman matching Pais’s description was seen naked and running through the woods.

Authorities had closed schools across Colorado on Wednesday – three days before the 20th anniversary of Columbine – and said Pais was “infatuated” with the massacre.

In total, school was closed for more than half a million students on Wednesday as the FBI searched for Pais.

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Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jefferson County deputies, and Colorado state troopers had been searching for Pais overnight, calling her “extremely dangerous.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips said at a press conference late Tuesday that Pais had flown to Denver, Colorado, from Miami, on Monday. Once in the state, she bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition.

Phillips would not specify what threats Pais made. The FBI said she made “threats in the Denver metro area” ahead of Colombine’s 20th anniversary, according to The Associated Press.

As the manhunt was underway, Pais was seen near Columbine, in the foothills of Jefferson county, wearing a black t-shirt, camouflage pants, and black boots, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said at a press conference Wednesday that schools in Colorado would have hightened security on Thursday and mental health professionals on hand for students and staff.

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