^
Keep New Times Free
4
| Crime |

Surfside Teen Sol Pais Found Dead in Colorado UPDATED

Sol Pais, an 18-year-old from Surfside, is considered armed and dangerous.
Sol Pais, an 18-year-old from Surfside, is considered armed and dangerous.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Update, 1 p.m.: Sol Pais, the 18-year-old from Surfside who allegedly made threats in Colorado, has been found dead, according to CBS Denver.

The TV station cites an anonymous law enforcement source at a command post in Clear Creek County. The FBI also tweeted at 12:44 p.m. that there is "no longer a threat to the community."

It's unclear how Pais died. A woman at the scene told CBS Denver she was asked to leave the area because “a naked woman matching the description with a gun was spotted in the area running through the woods.”

Eighteen-year-old Sol Pais wasn't alive when two gunmen in trench coats stormed into Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and killed 12 of their classmates and one teacher. But federal authorities say the Surfside teen made threats to commit "an act of violence" in Colorado as the 20-year anniversary of the school shooting draws near.

This morning, a widespread manhunt for Pais continues as officers frantically try to prevent another tragedy.

The threats are serious enough that Denver schools are closed today. Extracurricular activities and after-school sports have also been canceled.

As of now, little is known about Pais and her motivation to make the alleged threats. Neighbors told the Miami Herald the teen was a senior at Miami Beach High School who kept to herself. Pais' parents reported her missing Monday night; her father told the Herald she may have "a mental problem."

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Colorado says Pais traveled there Monday and bought a shotgun with ammunition. The threats apparently were not specific to any school, but authorities were concerned because the FBI believes she is "infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting." Pais was last seen near Columbine in a black T-shirt, camouflage pants, and black boots.

A spokesperson for Miami-Dade County Public Schools told NBC the district is not aware of any threats to local schools:

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Our sister paper in Denver, Westword, first reported on the threats yesterday, four days short of the April 20 Columbine anniversary. A story this morning says 16 Denver area school districts are closed and includes a video of a law enforcement press conference.

Anyone with information about Sol Pais, who was last seen near Denver after purchasing the weapon at a Littleton, Colorado, retailer, should call the FBI at 303-630-6227 or email denverfbitips@fbi.gov.

This is a breaking news post and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.