Sol Pais' classmates shocked by manhunt for Columbine-obsessed senior

Sol Pais, woman sought after alleged Columbine school threats, reportedly arrested

Sol Pais, woman sought after alleged Columbine school threats, reportedly arrested

Public schools in the Denver area will be closed Wednesday after authorities said a young woman who is "infatuated" with the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School made threats just days before the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 13 people.

Law enforcement authorities told CBS News and NBC News she was found dead in Clear Creek County, about 64 kilometres west of Columbine High School.

McDonald said threats are not uncommon at Columbine schools - Denver public schools alone have held 22 lockdowns and 294 lockouts over the past two academic years, according to the Denver Post - but he said this threat "felt different".

This is a developing story. Pais was "infatuated" with the Columbine school shooting, authorities said.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said Pais was discovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The doors were locked at Columbine and more than 20 other schools in the Denver area as the sheriff's office said it was investigating threats against schools related to an FBI investigation. The FBI described her "extremely risky".

Authorities said they are being especially cautious because Pais' statements don't express a specific plan and were mostly spoken. The district said the decision to close campuses was in collaboration with other Denver metro-area school districts due to the ongoing safety concern.

Pais is believed to have traveled there in an Uber.

Gov. Jared Polis is assuring Colorado residents that federal, state and local law enforcement are "dedicating all of their resources to locate this unsafe individual".

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At a press conference Wednesday morning, Jefferson County Public Schools and the sheriff's office said they are focusing on getting students back into school Thursday and ensuring upcoming Columbine anniversary events are carried out in a safe manner.

The woman has been identified as 18-year-old Sol Pais and officials have said she is a student at Miami Beach High School. "The threats appear limited to schools in Colorado".

"There is no longer a threat to the community", the FBI's Denver office tweeted Wednesday, using the hashtag "#FindSol".

After the 18-year-old arrived in Colorado on Monday, she purchased a pump-action shotgun and ammunition and went to the foothills, Phillips said.

She was described as five foot, five inches (1.65 meters) tall, and last seen wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage trousers and black boots.

On Tuesday, some schools released their students after additional security was called in and canceled evening activities or moved them inside.

Her father told the newspaper he thought "maybe she's got a mental problem", but added: "I think she's gonna be OK".

Investigators say Pais traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night and bought a shotgun and ammunition.

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