Federal Bureau of Investigation searching for woman who threatened Columbine High School

A woman is being sought after lockouts at Columbine High and other Colorado schools	 	 	 			Sol Pais 18

A woman is being sought after lockouts at Columbine High and other Colorado schools Sol Pais 18

Sol Pais, who the Federal Bureau of Investigation said is infatuated with the 1999 Columbine massacre, was found in the woods near the Echo Lake Lodge at the base of Mount Evans Road in Clear Creek County.

Police locked the doors Wednesday at Columbine and more than 20 other schools in the Denver area as they hunt for Pais. Police who might come into contact with her were told to detain her and evaluate her mental health.

U.S. authorities have mounted a massive search for Sol Pais, 18, who traveled from Florida to Colorado where she bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition and was last seen in the foothills around Denver. It's not clear where she came from. It caused school districts such as Cherry Creek, Denver and Boulder to cancel after-school activities and increase security at schools.

Details about the threat were not immediately known, but the Denver Post reported that Pais is "infatuated" with the Columbine school shooting in 1999. The FBI was interviewing the family and neighbors on Tuesday. "More information to follow shortly".

Our sister paper in Denver, Westword, first reported on the threats yesterday, four days short of the April 20 Columbine anniversary. Authorities say they are looking for a woman suspected of making threats.

Pais is believed to be armed and extremely unsafe.

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The Colorado Department of Education recommended that Denver area schools conduct lockouts and controlled release Tuesday after the alleged threats.

Pais was "no longer a threat to the community", Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for Colorado's Public Safety Department told Reuters.

The 20th anniversary of the well-known Columbine High School mass shooting is coming up.

Pais is about 5-foot-5 and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage trousers and black boots, authorities said.

The FBI alerted Jefferson County authorities to the threat around 11 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

"She has had an infatuation with Columbine, with the perpetrators of Columbine, she has made comments to that effect, but she hasn't identified a specific threat to a specific school", Phillips said.

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The manhunt had led to the closing of Denver-area schools as a precaution, with classes and extracurricular activities canceled for a half-million students.

School officials said events planned to mark the anniversary will go on as scheduled, including a ceremony at Columbine on Saturday. The students walked to crosswalks and buses parked near the entrance. "The threats appear limited to schools in Colorado", according to a statement from Miami-Dade Public Schools.

The FBI says an "armed and dangerous" 18-year-old white woman obsessed with Columbine is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A joint law enforcement investigation involving the FBI and Colorado Department of Public Safety and being led by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is now under way regarding Pais.

Jefferson County (Jeffco) Public Schools, of which Columbine is a part, are closed as well.

However, out of "an abundance of caution" and following the advice of local law enforcement, local schools operated on a lockout basis, the school district said. Fourteen other school districts in the area are closed as well, according to Colorado Public Radio.

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