CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The statewide manhunt for Sol Pais is over in Colorado. She is dead from possible self-inflicted wounds, according to a law enforcement source at a command post in Clear Creek County. The FBI tweeted “THERE IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY.”

Sol Pais (credit: Jefferson County)

The 18-year-old female suspect was on the run after after making threats that led to the closure of school for more than half a million students on Colorado’s Front Range Wednesday.

(credit: CBS)

“I’m deeply grateful for the support of the Denver metro area superintendents and other state leaders. While Jeffco was the epicenter of this threat, it extended across the whole metro area and affected us all,” Jefferson County School Superintendent Jason Glass said.

Law enforcement sources believe Pais took an Uber to the Echo Lake area near the base of Mount Evans sometime after being spotted in the foothills of Jefferson County on Monday night. She was found dead Wednesday morning half a mile away from Echo Lake Lodge up Mount Evans Road, near where the road is currently closed for the season.

(credit: CBS)

Before the announcement of her death, 20 or 30 armed officers including a SWAT team and a Clear Creek County snowcat were spotted near the Echo Lake Campground in the midst of an extensive search operation.

RELATED: Who Was Sol Pais?

A woman who was hiking in the area in the Arapaho National Forest told CBS4 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.”

RELATED: Littleton Gun Store Owner Says He Legally Sold Shotgun To Sol Pais

Law enforcement had considered Pais to be armed and dangerous. The 18-year-old was from Florida and made some comments about the 1999 Columbine shooting that apparently caused great concern. She was apparently “infatuated with the perpetrators of Columbine.” This weekend marks 20 years since the mass shooting in Jefferson County.

(credit: CBS)

Authorities haven’t said exactly what she said, and it’s not clear if those comments were made before or after her purchase of a pump-action shotgun once she arrived in Colorado earlier this week. She apparently wasn’t specifically threatening any specific school in her comments. The closures of schools Wednesday included the majority of schools — both public and private — in the Denver metro area. That includes Columbine High School and other Jeffco schools and all of Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district. Other closures stretched into northern Colorado — Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Estes Park Schools and Greeley-Evans School District 6 were closed.

Jefferson County School Superintendent Jason Glass said he expects school operations to return to normal on Thursday and also events surrounding the anniversary of the Columbine shooting to go on as planned.

The FBI and Jefferson County Sheriff’s office were among the police agencies leading the investigation.

“We want our schools to be a safe place for kids to learn and where they can be productive. And that’s why we (took) this threat seriously,” said Sheriff Jeff Shrader.

Comments (13)
  1. Glenn Rogers says:

    I think they over reacted big time. I didn’t see any thing in her web site that said any thing about Columbine. I think she came here to kill her self probable could not buy any gun in Florida unless 21 or over I don’t no if that’s so.She was a little troubled but not any more than a lot of teens now days.This is If she killed herself.something with this story don’t seem right at all.

  2. She was very sick. I know how I love music and songs for my different moods.. but she has one mood. And she pulled quotes from songs, like we all do, that describe you and how you’re feeling. One Sol decided to highlight:

    this world rejects me,
    this world threw me away.
    this world never gave me a chance,
    this world’s gonna have to pay.

    i don’t believe in your institutions,
    i did what you wanted me to.
    i’m like the cancer in your system,
    i’ve got a little surprise for you.

  3. Brian Cooper says:

    bye Felicia….

    1. Terry Reed says:

      I read her journal – sounds like typical teen angst but not from 2017, more like from 1996! Or maybe even 1989! Occult stuff, and the LINKS has an alt book list straight from the 90’s. But nothing that as overtly violent, or even graphic. Sounded like a very young woman searching for answers. She loved music. WHAT DID SHE DO?? It makes zero sense for this huge manhunt and them finding her dead? Did they shoot her? hat on earth did she even DO or SAY?? Just because she said something doesn’t make her a wanted criminal. Nor does her flying to CO mean much of anything, nor does buying a gun. I don’t get this one at all.

  4. What was she guilty of? What was she even charged with? Flying to Colorado from Florida is legal. She legally purchased a shotgun. Went to visit beautiful Echo Lake?

    It’s all fun an games until your face shows up on the news telling your neighbors to report you. For something….anything. Then what?

    “Then they came for me – there was no one left to speak for me.” – Martin Niemöller

    1. No crime. strange murder by the police.

  5. Robert Chase says:

    What pathetic anti-news! Sol Pais is dead but cops haven’t spoon fed antijournalists what to say about it yet, and they aren’t asking. “There is no longer a threat to the community”?!? I beg to differ.

  6. Justin Aragon says:

    You guys suck for false reporting. Great job!

    1. Allison Hagood says:

      Earning your crisis actor money from the NRA, I see.

  7. cnn is not reporting she is in custody

    1. Amanda Blackwood says:

      @Colorado Gram – that’s because she’s not in custody. She’s dead.

Leave a Reply to Burned out Hippie (@HPIIE) Cancel reply