Texas yoga teacher Kaitlin Marie Armstrong is on the run and being sought after; she shot and killed elite cyclist Moriah Wilson in what appears to be a tragic love triangle!
The US Marshal Service (USMS) issued a wanted poster last week and asked for anyone with information about Armstrong’s whereabouts or her vehicle to call 1-800-336-0102.
It was last week when the Austin Police Department issued an arrest warrant for the attractive 34-year-old. She had allegedly killed Moriah Wilson at an East Austin apartment where she was staying on May 11. The apartment belonged to a friend of Wilson’s.
Moriah Wilson, a rising cyclist star, had flown from Colorado to Texas earlier that week in preparation for the Gravel Locos race in Hico, where she was a favorite to win.
A few weeks earlier, she won the Belgian Waffle Ride in California.
Wilson was “the winningest woman in the American off-road scene,” according to VeloNews.
Armstrong has not been seen since May 13, according to police.
The arrest warrant from Austin police says Kaitlin Marie Armstrong was dating Colin Strickland, another star cyclist. Wilson had also been romantically involved with Strickland, according to police. Surveillance videos and ballistics appear to connect Armstrong to Wilson’s murder.
According to a copy of the police report obtained by CNN, on the day of the killing, Wilson told her friend she was going for an afternoon swim with Strickland, the affidavit says — a detail Strickland confirmed in an interview with police. They had dinner together afterward, Strickland said before he dropped Wilson off at her friend’s home. He did not go inside.
Austin police responded to the home later that evening, shortly before 10 p.m. local time, to find Wilson’s friend performing CPR on her, per the affidavit. Wilson appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and officers saw “multiple fired cartridge cases on the floor” nearby, though a firearm was not seen. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Austin Police Department said in a May 14 news release the “shooting does not appear to be a random act.”
Authorities have since identified Armstrong, whom Strickland was living with in Austin, as the main suspect in Wilson’s death. The affidavit for her arrest points in part to video surveillance obtained by investigators, which shows a vehicle similar to Armstrong’s near the home of Wilson’s friend shortly before her body was found.
Ballistic evidence found at the scene of the killing has been compared to bullets test-fired from a firearm Strickland recently purchased for Armstrong, according to the affidavit. Based on the results, the “potential that the same firearm was involved is significant,” the document says.
“We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter and sister, Anna Moriah Wilson,” Wilson’s family said in a statement issued to CNN, describing her as a talented and caring person who wanted to empower people to find joy through sport. “There are no words that can express the pain and suffering we are experiencing due to this senseless, tragic loss.”
Colin Strickland told police he began his romantic relationship with Wilson during a two-week period when he was separated from Armstrong, according to the affidavit.
Within 24 hours of Wilson’s death, officers from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force apprehended Armstrong in connection with an unrelated arrest warrant and spoke to her. However, Austin police then said they learned Armstrong’s arrest warrant was not valid and told her she was free to leave.
Armstrong requested to end the interview and left after detectives began confronting her about the security camera video that placed her car near the crime scene, the affidavit states.
Anyone with information on Armstrong’s whereabouts is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or submit a tip using the USMS Tips app. Tips may also be sent to the Capital Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-893-8477.
This is a developing story.