The Florida teen “infatuated” with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting has been found dead after she traveled to the Denver-area and purchased a shotgun, prompting dozens of schools to close,
The FBI confirmed the death of Sol Pais, 18, Wednesday afternoon.
Her body was found near the Echo Lake Campground in the Arapaho National Forest which is situated base of Mount Evans, according to CBS Denver.
A SWAT team and a Clear Creek County snowcat investigated the area late Wednesday morning after someone reported that they saw a woman who matched Pais’ description naked and running through the area with a gun, CBS Denver reports.
Before she was found at the base of the mountain, located over an hour away from Denver, she was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County, which is not far from Columbine High School.
The manner of her death has not been confirmed.
Pais is believed to have traveled to the Denver area from Miami early Monday before purchasing a pump action shotgun and ammunition from a gun shop in Littleton, Colorado, the FBI said at a press conference Wednesday.
Authorities previously warned that she was “armed and considered to be extremely dangerous.”
Denver FBI Chief Dean Phillips said Tuesday that Pais had made “concerning comments in the past” and “expressed an infatuation with Columbine.”
He considered her to be a “credible threat” to the community but said there had been no particular threat to any particular school.
More than a dozen schools closed as a precaution, the Denver Channel reports.
Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine. On that day, two seniors shot up the school, killing 12 students and one teacher. The tragedy has been referenced in connection to numerous mass shootings and threats ever since.
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