Authorities are looking for a young woman who is “infatuated” with the Columbine High School shooting. She’s believed to be dangerous, made threats.
A massive manhunt is underway for an 18-year-old woman who authorities say traveled to Colorado Monday night ahead of the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School and made “credible threats” against Denver-area schools.
Authorities say Sol Pais is “infatuated” with the deadly shooting on April 20, 1999, that killed 13 people. She reportedly purchased a shotgun after flying into Colorado on Monday night.
Here’s what we know about Pais:
Pais is believed to be from South Florida and live in Surfside, Florida. She traveled to Denver from Miami, authorities say.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says Pais is approximately 5’5″ in height and has brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots.
The Miami Herald says Pais was reported missing by her parents Monday night, according to the Surfside Police Department. FBI agents entered her home Tuesday evening at 8:20 p.m.
A man who answered the door of her home who identified himself as her father said he last saw her Sunday evening, according to the Herald. “I think maybe she’s got a mental problem,” he said. “I think she’s gonna be OK.”
The ABC television station in Miami said the self-identified father called the situation a “nightmare.”
Senior in high school
An official from Miami-Dade County Public School confirmed that Pais is a senior at Miami Beach High School.
“We are fully assisting the FBI in their investigation,” spokeswoman Jackie Calzadilla said in a statement. “As far as this case goes, I want to stress that, at this time, there have been no threats to M-DCPS schools. The threats appear limited to schools in Colorado.”
Pais was enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, according to the Herald, and was known to wear dark, baggy clothing that hung off her thin frame.
Someone who identified herself as “Sol Pais” ran an online blog that included pictures of guns and journal entries filled with angst.
“The purpose of this site is for me to give insight into the thoughts I rarely, if ever, share with others, while remaining somewhat anonymous. Everything from journal entries to my personal interests – I want to leave a record of myself before I, well…” the blog reads.
In the about me section, the individual wrote that “I am the face of loneliness and misery.” There is a picture of the individual as a young girl with the writing “In this tiresome reality that i do not belong in, i take the form of Sol” typed underneath the image.
USA TODAY has not been able to independently confirm that the blog belongs to Pais.
Individual described gun-purchase plan on message board
A person with the same screen name, “dissolvedgirl,” posted on a National Gun Forum message board about living in Miami and traveling to Colorado to buy a gun.
Law enforcement has not said whether the person was Pais.
The individual wrote: “Florida resident here. I am planning a trip to Colorado in the next month or so and wanna buy a shotgun while I’m there and I was wondering what restrictions apply for me? I’ve found a few private sellers I might want to purchase from; is it legal for me as a Florida resident to purchase a shotgun in Colorado? I’m 18 years old too, if it’s important. thank you for reading, i appreciate any response!
Another post says: “the problem is i have no friends in FL who are into guns like me so it’s not as fun having to do all of this alone (hence the trip to CO to see these more knowledgable friends), but hey, it’s my damn choice what hobbies i wanna pick up and i don’t need anybody else (save for everyone on this forum, lol).”
‘Infatuation’ with Columbine mass shooting
Dean Phillips, special agent in charge for the FBI in Denver, said Pais has made many “concerning comments” in the past about the deadly Columbine shooting, which drew their attention. He described Pais as having an “infatuation” with the mass shooting.
‘Armed and dangerous’
Phillips said she stopped at a store and legally purchased a shotgun and ammunition after arriving in Colorado. She’s considered a “credible threat.” But law enforcement has not identified any specific threat against any school, Phillips said.
Authorities have urged people to call the FBI tipline at (303) 630-6227 if they have seen Pais or have information on her whereabouts. They caution not to approach her because she is considered “armed and dangerous.”
Pais was seen last week in the foothills west of Denver, according to law enforcement. They’ve been searching for her ever since, Phillips said.
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