- Federal, state and local authorities are searching for Kaitlin Marie Armstrong of Austin, Texas, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Anna Moriah Wilson.
- Wilson, a professional cyclist, had come to Texas for a race and was found dead May 11 in an Austin home.
- Police believe a love triangle involving another professional cyclist, Colin Strickland, may have led to the murder.
Federal agents have expanded their search for Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, who is suspected in the fatal May 11 shooting of professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson in Austin, Texas.
The US Marshals Service said Wednesday that it believes Armstrong, 34, boarded a flight to Houston from Austin-Bergstrom Airport on May 14 at 12:30 p.m. He then took a connecting Southwest flight. Airlines to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, investigators said, the Austin American -Statistician reported.
Austin police issued a murder warrant for Armstrong on May 17, in connection with Wilson’s death. Wilson, 25, was found dead of multiple apparent gunshot wounds at an East Austin home where she was staying before a race in Hico, Texas, northwest of Waco.
According to an arrest warrant, Armstrong’s truck was seen on surveillance video outside the home where Wilson was found shot to death. Police questioned Armstrong the day after the shooting but did not immediately issue a warrant. Armstrong’s boyfriend said she had not been seen since May 13, police said.
On May 20, the US Marshals’ Lone Star Fugitive Task Force asked for the public’s help in locating Armstrong as part of a “fugitive investigation.”
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Who was Mo Wilson?
Anna Moriah Wilson, known as Mo, was a Vermont native, according to The Austin American-Statesman, part of the USA TODAY Network. A rising star in the world of competitive gravel and mountain bike racing, as The New York Times reported that she was the favorite to win the upcoming Texas event.
Wilson had won multiple races in 2022 and had “emerged over the past two seasons as a dominant mountain bike and gravel bike racer,” VeloNews said. Wilson had recently told the cycling site that he had quit his job at the Bay Area bike company Specialized to race full-time. As part of his upcoming summer of racing, Wilson planned a trip to East Africa for a race.
A competitive skier who grew up in East Burke, Vermont, Wilson skied and played soccer at Dartmouth College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Wilson’s family said he had recently decided to move from San Francisco to Vermont, and the family said in a statement that he was not in a relationship with anyone at the time of his death.
Who is Colin Strickland? What do we know about an alleged love triangle?
Colin Strickland is also a professional cyclist. In a statement to the American-Statesman, Strickland said he had a brief relationship with Wilson after meeting her in Austin in October. That fling, which lasted about a week, he said, came during a break in a three-year relationship with Armstrong. When he got back together with Armstrong, Strickland said his relationship with Wilson became platonic and professional.
The day Wilson died, Strickland told police he picked Wilson up on his motorcycle around 6:00 p.m. and took her swimming in Deep Eddy Pool. She dropped her off at the house around 8:30 pm, police said.
Strickland has been cooperative with investigators and is not a suspect.
Police said an informant told detectives that when Armstrong learned about Strickland’s relationship with Wilson in January, she “was furious and shaking with anger.” The informant told police that Armstrong said that she wanted to kill Wilson.
Strickland told police that he had purchased two firearms between December 2021 and January 2022: a 9mm pistol for himself and one for Armstrong.
“There is no way to adequately express the regret and torture I feel for my proximity to this horrible crime,” Strickland said. “I’m sorry, and I just can’t understand this unfathomable situation.”
His statement also read: “It was not my intention to pursue an ancillary romantic relationship that would mislead anyone. Moriah and I were leaders in this niche and reclusive sport of cycling, and I greatly admired her and considered her a close friend. I am deeply sorry for her loss. “.
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Who is Kaitlin Marie Armstrong?
Armstrong, an Austin real estate agent and yoga teacher, may still be in the area, police told Austin NBC affiliate KXAN. According to the affidavit and warrant request filed by police, Armstrong’s truck was seen on surveillance video outside the home where Wilson was found shot to death.
When Armstrong was questioned by police on May 13 about the vehicle, she “continued to be very still and guarded,” then asked to leave and was allowed to do so because the misdemeanor warrant she had been pulled over for was invalid. police said.
Armstrong has not been seen since and her social media accounts have been deleted. Police said they still haven’t found his black 2012 Jeep Cherokee (Texas license plate LDZ5608); they believe she could still drive it or it could be abandoned.
During a search of the home where Armstrong lives with Strickland, police said they found a 9mm pistol belonging to Armstrong. Police compared shell casings from that gun to those found where Wilson died and said there is a “significant” chance the firearm was used in the incident.
The US Marshals Service issued a wanted poster for Armstrong on May 20 asking the public to call 800-336-0102 if they have any information on her or see the truck.
Armstrong’s father, Michael Armstrong, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview broadcast Tuesday that he doesn’t believe his daughter could have killed Wilson. He said there are many “unanswered questions” about what happened.
“I know her. I know how she thinks and I know what she believes. And I know she just wouldn’t do something like this,” he said.
What is a ‘fugitive investigation’?
When police search for fugitives wanted for serious crimes, law enforcement bands together to cast a wider net on the hunt. There are several permanent regional task forces across the US ready to help when needed.
In this case, the US Marshals’ Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is assisting the Austin Police Department.
Other agencies involved include the Travis, Caldwell, Hays, Williamson and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Offices, the Georgetown and Round Rock Police Departments, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Criminal Justice’s Office of Inspector General of Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Department of Homeland Security (Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations).
Contributors: Ryan Autullo, Nate Chute, and Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman; The Associated Press.
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