Sol Pais, the eighteen-year-old Florida woman whose alleged “infatuation” with the April 20, 1999, attack on Columbine High School led to the closure of schools in sixteen Denver-area districts today, April 17, is reportedly dead.
At 10:19 a.m., CBS4 reporter Anica Padilla tweeted the following: “Sol Pais has been captured near the Echo Lake Lodge at the base of Mount Evans in Clear Creek County.” Then, at 10:38 a.m., she followed with this: “Sol Pais is dead, investigators confirm.”
Via Twitter, the FBI stated that “there is no longer a threat to the community. More information to follow shortly.” CBS4 noted that a SWAT team and a Clear Creek County snowcat near the Echo Lake Campground in Arapaho National Forest were involved in the search for Pais, who is said to have purchased a shotgun at a thus-far-unidentified Littleton retailer and was considered armed and dangerous.
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. This is a developing story, which we’ll be updating.