Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Teen Obsessed With Columbine Found Dead

Teen Obsessed With Columbine Found Dead

Sol Pais, an 18-year-old student from Florida who travelled to the USA state of Colorado, bought a shotgun and threatened violence against schools, has been found dead, police said Wednesday (Thursday New Zealand time).

Concern mounted after investigators learned that upon her arrival at Denver's worldwide airport from Miami on Monday, Pais went to a store where she bought a pump-action shotgun and some ammunition.

The newspaper cited a law enforcement source that it did not identify.

The FBI had said Pais was "armed and dangerous" and believed to be somewhere in Colorado after making "credible" threats days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High massacre that ushered in the modern era of mass shootings at USA schools.

Dean Phillips, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Denver office, said Pais had made comments in the past that expressed "an infatuation" with the Columbine massacre and its perpetrators.

Security fears have soared because Saturday is the 20th anniversary of what at the time was the deadliest school shooting in USA history, setting off an era of mass shootings in United States schools and other public venues. The tragedy ushered in the modern era of repeated USA school shootings.

Following the school closures and subsequent manhunt for her arrest, Pais was reportedly found deceased this morning at the base of Mt. Evans, which was confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as they stated that there was no longer a threat to the community.

We can confirm there is investigative activity around the base of Mt. Evans. More information will follow soon.

Law enforcement has not revealed anything about Pais's cause of death thus far, but 9News's Kevin Vaughan tweeted that she died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The ABC Station in Miami reported that a man who said he was her father told news crews that he last saw his daughter Sunday and the situation has "been a nightmare" since then.

A woman who was "infatuated" with the Columbine High School shooting has been found dead in an apparent suicide, ending a scare that closed hundreds of schools in Colorado.

Shrader said Pais's body was found "not far from Columbine".

Schools in Denver were shut down because of the threats.

"People relate to them because they view Columbine as a case of the oppressed students rising up against their oppressors, the bullies", said Peter Langman, an expert on psychologist who studies school shooters. They say traveled from Miami to Colorado on Monday night and was last seen in the foothills west of Denver.

The sheriff said it was not clear what, if anything, Pais would have been charged with if she had been captured. In emergencies, call 911, or seek care from a local hospital or mental health provider.

Josh Rayburn of Colorado Gun Broker said Pais purchased the shotgun legally at the Littleton store at 8966 W. Bowles Ave. less than two miles from Columbine High School. There was help there.

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