Kaitlin Marie Armstrong is being sought successful the sidesplitting of Anna Moriah Wilson, according to the police, who said some women were romantically progressive with the aforesaid man.
May 22, 2022, 12:23 p.m. ET
A rising cycling prima who was visiting Texas for a contention was recovered changeable dormant successful Austin this month, rattling the tight-knit assemblage of off-road biking and racing.
Investigators began to portion unneurotic a communicative of that nighttime with surveillance video, a remorseful interrogation with different nonrecreational cyclist she had been seeing, and yet ballistics. Now, U.S. Marshals are helping the police look for a pistillate who has been identified arsenic a fishy successful the decease of Anna Moriah Wilson, 25.
The suspect, Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, was dating Colin Strickland, 35, different prima gravel cyclist, a subject that blends upland biking and roadworthy cycling. The constabulary said Ms. Wilson had besides been romantically progressive with Mr. Strickland.
On the nighttime of May 11, a person returned to her location successful Austin wherever Ms. Wilson had been staying, recovered Ms. Wilson bleeding and unconscious and called 911, the constabulary said.
Ms. Wilson, who was known arsenic Mo, was pronounced dormant soon after, the constabulary said. An archetypal probe revealed that idiosyncratic had changeable Ms. Wilson aggregate times wrong the location and that the shooting did not look to beryllium random.
On the nighttime she was killed, Ms. Wilson and Mr. Strickland had unneurotic visited the Deep Eddy excavation successful Austin, according to a constabulary affidavit posted by The Austin American-Statesman.
In an interrogation with the police, Mr. Strickland said helium had dropped Ms. Wilson disconnected astatine her friend’s location and did not spell inside. He told the constabulary that helium had been successful a romanticist narration with Ms. Wilson successful October during a one- oregon two-week interruption from his astir three-year narration with Ms. Armstrong, according to the affidavit.
In December oregon January, Mr. Strickland purchased 2 9-millimeter handguns, 1 for himself and 1 for Ms. Armstrong, the affidavit said. A constabulary investigation of Ms. Armstrong’s gun, which was recovered astatine Mr. Strickland’s home, revealed that it had “significant” imaginable to beryllium the aforesaid arsenic the 1 utilized to termination Ms. Wilson, the affidavit said.
A conveyance akin to Ms. Armstrong’s, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, was seen successful beforehand of the Austin location wherever Ms. Wilson was staying an hr earlier the constabulary responded to her friend’s 911 call, the affidavit said. Ms. Armstrong did not explicate wherefore her conveyance was seen adjacent the country of the shooting, the constabulary said.
The time aft Ms. Wilson was recovered dead, the constabulary took Ms. Armstrong into custody connected an unspecified misdemeanor warrant but were past informed that the warrant was not valid and told Ms. Armstrong she could permission if she wanted to, the affidavit said.
The Austin constabulary did not instantly respond to messages seeking further comment. Mr. Strickland and his sponsor, Red Bull, did not respond to email requests for comment. Ms. Armstrong could not beryllium reached.
The affidavit said the constabulary had received a extremity from an anonymous caller. The caller said Ms. Armstrong had said successful January that she wanted to termination Ms. Wilson aft learning that Mr. Strickland was successful a romanticist narration with Ms. Wilson portion helium was dating Ms. Armstrong.
Mr. Strickland said helium had not been successful interaction with Ms. Armstrong since May 13, according to the affidavit.
“There is nary mode to adequately explicit the regret and torture I consciousness astir my proximity to this horrible crime,” Mr. Strickland said successful a connection to The American-Statesman. “I americium sorry, and I simply cannot marque consciousness of this unfathomable tragedy.”
Mr. Strickland said that helium had a little romanticist narration with Ms. Wilson successful the autumn “that spanned a week oregon so,” past reconciled with Ms. Armstrong. He said that helium and Ms. Wilson had not been successful a romanticist narration aft that, but were successful a platonic and nonrecreational narration and would often spot each different astatine cycling events.
He said Ms. Wilson was “the champion pistillate cyclist successful the United States and perchance the world,” according to the affidavit.
“Moriah and I were some leaders successful this lonely, niche athletics of cycling, and I admired her greatly and considered her a adjacent friend,” Mr. Strickland said successful his statement. “I americium profoundly grieving her loss.”
In an interrogation successful May with VeloNews, a competitory cycling magazine, Ms. Wilson said she had precocious discontinue her occupation with the motorcycle institution Specialized to absorption connected cycling afloat time. VeloNews said that Ms. Wilson had won 10 off-road races this year.
Cycling publications described Ms. Wilson arsenic a rising prima successful the off-road racing satellite who had racked up awesome performances lately, including winning an 80-kilometer contention successful April astatine the Sea Otter Classic, a cycling festival successful Monterey, Calif.
Her decease rattled the upland biking and gravel racing world, and tributes to her were posted online.
Rebecca Rusch, a nonrecreational cyclist, said connected Instagram that determination “was a bubble of positivity and joy” astir Ms. Wilson.
Ms. Wilson had traveled to Texas to vie successful Gravel Locos, a 150-mile contention successful Hico, astir 135 miles northbound of Austin. The victor of the race, Marisa Vandersteen Boaz, said connected Instagram that she wished Ms. Wilson could person won it.
Ms. Boaz said she had not known Ms. Wilson personally, but had been inspired by her.
“I cognize everyone participating gave it their each and I deliberation that is what Mo would person wanted,” Ms. Boaz wrote.
Vimal Patel contributed reporting.