The “extremely dangerous” teenager who forced schools to close across Denver on Wednesday over fears that she might attack one of them with a shotgun has been found dead of an apparent suicide.
The body of 18-year-old Sol Pais, who authorities described as being “infatuated” with the Columbine High School massacre, was discovered not far from a lodge at Echo Lake outside of Denver. She took a ride-share to the lodge, then hiked up a hill through the snow. She was found by a stump, dead from a gunshot wound, on Wednesday afternoon. She had a shotgun with her.
“At this point it looks like she was alone and took her own life with the weapon she procured,” said Dean Phillips, the agent in charge of the FBI office in Denver.
Law enforcement officials had announced earlier that a “massive manhunt” was underway for Pais, whose parents had reported her missing on Monday night. She had purchased one-way tickets from her home in Miami to Colorado, just days before the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, in which two teenagers killed 13 people before turning their weapons on themselves.
Authorities said Pais had posted disturbing statements on social media and threatened friends and family. Once in Colorado, she legally purchased a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. The FBI said Pais’s threats were “credible,” but not specific. Still, school officials decided to close Denver public schools, and many others shut down as well.
Pais’s family in Florida was informed of her death. “[T]hey are actually grateful that no one else is hurt,” said Julio Yero, police chief in Miami’s Surfside suburb, according to CNN.
If you or anyone you know needs help, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)