The manhunt for an 18-year-old woman who police said was ‘infatuated’ with the Columbine massacre has ended, according to Fox News.

Police released a statement Wednesday afternoon stating that the woman had been found dead approximately 60 miles southwest of Denver. She died of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound. Schools in the area had been on lockdown and authorities from local departments as well as the FBI were searching for the Miami teenager. 

The FBI tweeted earlier that there was ‘no longer a threat’.

 

A woman hiking in the area told CBS Denver said she was told to leave after “a naked woman matching the description with a gun was spotted in the area running through the woods.”

The FBI has scheduled a press conference this afternoon. 

“Everything that I’ve heard in briefings does not indicate that she had any assistance or friends in the area, just a fascination with the Columbine area and the horrendous crime that went on there 20 years ago,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader.

According to the report from Fox News, security officials expressed great relief when the hunt concluded. 

“We deal with a lot of threats at Columbine,” said the executive director of security for the Jefferson County school system. “This one felt different. It was different. It certainly got our attention.”

Here’s how it all began…

It’s been nearly 20 years since 2 troubled young men planned and carried out one of the most horrifying events to ever take place inside a school.

And now, two decades later, Columbine is in the news once again.

Columbine was one of more than 20 schools that went into lockdown Tuesday afternoon. (Wikimedia Commons)

 

Authorities have reported that a massive manhunt is underway to catch a woman who police say is obsessed with the 1999 massacre that took the lives of 13.

18-year-old Sol Pais was identified as the suspect who allegedly made undisclosed threats regarding the school. She is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

 

Columbine was just one of more than 20 schools to lock its doors for student and faculty safety on Tuesday.  CBS News reported that, “All schools in the Denver vicinity were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed “credible and general,” said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.”

Pais is a senior at Miami Beach High School. She reportedly traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday, where she bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. A sheriff’s spokesperson noted that Pais’s threats were generic and not made specific to any particular school. Pais has apparently made comments that were ‘concerning’ in the past. 

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed themselves after taking the lives of 12 classmates and 1 teacher. (Screenshot – Vimeo)

 

Authorities have warned that the suspect was last seen in the foothills west of Denver and on should not be approached under any circumstances.

Major anniversaries surrounding events such as these usually call for heightened security.

“This has become a massive manhunt … and every law enforcement agency is participating and helping in this effort,” said Dean Phillips, the special agent in charge of the Denver office of the FBI.

Pais’s mental health needs to be evaluated when she is apprehended, said an alert regarding the teenager. Her family is pleading with her to surrender.

“She can, please, come home. I think she’s going to be OK,” a man who claimed to be her father said.

“It’s like a bad dream. We don’t know. We don’t have any ideas,” he said. “I think that maybe she has a mental problem.” Following the lockdown, after school activities were cancelled and students returned to their homes safely.

 

Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you up-to-the-minute updates as more information becomes available.

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