The search for a South Florida woman who recently traveled to Colorado and made threats against multiple schools has concluded after she was found dead on Wednesday, April 17, according to local reports, citing authorities.
Authorities were searching for 18-year-old Sol Pais, who they say has allegedly made threats to “commit an act of violence” in the Denver metropolitan area against 20 schools, including Columbine High School, days before the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 13 students.
In a post, FBI and local authorities said the threat on the community had ended.
“UPDATE: THERE IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY. More information to follow shortly,” FBI Denver tweeted on April 17.
UPDATE: THERE IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY. More information to follow shortly. #FindSol
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 17, 2019
UPDATE: THERE IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY! Details are coming soon. We appreciate your tips and patience.
Around 20 or 30 armed officers were searching an area near the Echo Lake Campground in the Arapaho National Forest on Wednesday morning before they told CBS4 News that Pais is dead. Details surrounding her death has not been released.
The FBI confirmed that they were searching around the base of Mount Evans.
We can confirm there is investigative activity around the base of Mt. Evans. The investigation is active and ongoing. More information will follow soon. #FindSol
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 17, 2019
A hiker in the area told the news station that she was told to leave the area because “a naked woman matching the description with a gun was spotted in the area running through the woods.”
Earlier Pais’s father, who has not been identified by name, urged his daughter to come home, according to reports.
Find Sol Pais Press Conference
Posted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 16, 2019
A man who identified himself as Pais’s father told a number of local television stations that he wants his daughter to come home.
“She can, please, come home. I think she’s going to be okay,” Pais’s father told CBS4 News.
He told NBC6 that he was in “disbelief,” adding that “It’s like a bad dream. We don’t know, we don’t have any idea.”
— Jamie Guirola (@jamieNBC6) April 17, 2019
The father, who has not been identified by name, said the family has not seen his daughter since April 14.
He said, if the allegations are true, then there may be underlying problems to her actions.
“I think maybe she has a mental problem,” he told CBS4 News.
Authorities said Pais was “armed and dangerous” and had reportedly purchased a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, reported NBC6. They also added that Pais was “infatuated with the Columbine school shooting.”
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was posting regular updates about the search.
UPDATE 8:14 p.m.: We will be live streaming a press conference here on our Facebook page at 9:30 p.m. Mountain time (an…
The search had prompted Jefferson County Public Schools to place local schools on lockout and the schools were subsequently closed on April 17 as a safety precaution, according to school officials.
“We have placed
#ColumbineHighSchool, #LeawoodElementary, bhelementaryco and all mountain schools on lockout. No further information at this time. Lockout means biz as usual inside buildings, entry/exit restricted,” the official’s notice read on April 16.
To clarify, mountain schools include Evergreen High, Evergreen Middle, Conifer High, West Jeff Middle, West Jeff Elementary, Bergens, Wilmot Elementary, Marshdale Elementary, Elk Creek Elementary, Ralston Elementary, Rocky Mountain Academy, Parmalee Elementary. https://t.co/sJx76MHcMG
— Jeffco Public Schools (@JeffcoSchoolsCo) April 16, 2019
Schools Closed Wednesday, April 17
We apologize for notifying families late at night, however we want to share info as soon as we have it. The following message is being sent to families/staff via phone, text, email. May take some time to cycle through all recipients. See thread. pic.twitter.com/MAPhu5eDy6
— Jeffco Public Schools (@JeffcoSchoolsCo) April 17, 2019
A neighbor, Patricia Bilstin, who lives next door to Pais said it was surprising to hear the news and that the girl always kept to herself.
“She always kept to herself. She never got in trouble at school. So surprising and I feel sorry for the family,” Bilstin told CBS4 News.
The police investigation is still ongoing.
Please call the FBI tip line at (303) 630-6227 where your call will be answered immediately if you have seen this individual or have information on her whereabouts. Please do not approach her as she is considered armed and dangerous.