Manhunt for Armed Woman 'Infatuated with Columbine' Closes Dozens of Schools, Suspect Dead


Many schools closed in the Denver area on Wednesday as law enforcement conducted a “massive manhunt” to locate a young Florida woman “infatuated” with the 1999 Columbine High School Shooting.

The woman, 18-year-old Sol Pais of Florida, was tracked down to Echo Lake Lodge near the base of Mount Evans, a wilderness area about 60 miles west of Denver. She is reportedly dead, according to CBS News.

The circumstances of her death are not clear, but numerous news accounts reported it was self-inflicted.

The high school student traveled from Miami to Colorado, where she purchased a pump action shotgun, according to the CBS Denver affiliate KCNC-TV.

Authorities described her as “armed and extremely dangerous.”

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Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting that left 13 dead, including 12 students and a teacher.

The two gunmen, who were Columbine students, also died.

School districts in Jefferson County, where Columbine is located, and throughout the Denver-metro area heeded the threat and closed their facilities.

The move came after several schools conducted lockouts on Tuesday after authorities warned of Pais’ believed presence in the Denver metro area, The Denver Post reported.

The FBI’s Denver office confirmed on Wednesday morning it was investigating around the base of Mount Evans.

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The office later tweeted, “UPDATE: THERE IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY. More information to follow shortly. #FindSol.”

The Miami Herald reported that Pais was a senior at Miami Beach High School.

A man who answered the door at Pais’ Surfside home, who identified himself as her father, said the family had lost contact with her.

“I think maybe she’s got a mental problem,” he told the paper.

Her parents reported her missing on Monday night.

According to the Herald, “Surfside officers turned the case over to Miami Beach police detectives, who found her ‘deeply disturbed’ online postings and immediately notified the FBI, according to a law-enforcement source.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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