A Texas woman suspected of killing and shooting a rising star in professional cycling after apparently becoming upset over a relationship the woman had previously had with her live-in boyfriend is now a fugitive, with the US Marshals Service desperately attempting to locate her.
However, according to an arrest affidavit filed by an Austin police detective, Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, a yoga teacher, real estate broker, and amateur cyclist, was detained by detectives on an unrelated misdemeanor offense before the warrant was found illegal and she walked out—then vanished.
Armstrong, 34, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday in the death of Vermont native Anna Moriah Wilson, 25, who was in Austin for a race. Wilson, also known as Mo, was discovered dead at a friend’s house where she was staying earlier this month.
She had flown here from San Francisco the day before for a 150-mile gravel cycle event that she was anticipated to win. Wilson recently left her day job at Specialized Bicycles to pursue cycling full-time, and she has already won ten important races this year.
Colin Strickland, a champion gravel racer hailed by his sponsor, Red Bull, as one of the sport’s “leading lights,” has been named as the guy at the center of the apparent love triangle gone awry.
Strickland, 35, admitted in a statement released Friday that he and Wilson had a week-long liaison last fall after the two had concluded prior relationships.
About a month later, Strickland and Armstrong reconciled, and he said his friendship with Wilson naturally evolved into a platonic one.
“There is no way to adequately express the regret and torture I feel about my proximity to this horrible crime,” Strickland remarked, “I am sorry, and I simply cannot make sense of this unfathomable tragedy.”
An email addressed to various personal and professional addresses, as well as a voicemail left for him on Saturday afternoon, went unanswered.
Instead, a phone number given in public records under Strickland’s name led to his father, who told The Daily Beast that Wilson’s murder was “a tragic situation” and that he didn’t think his son would be willing to speak to the media.