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(WABNEWS) — Authorities are searching for a Texas woman accused of murdering elite cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson, who was allegedly dating her boyfriend.
The US Marshals Service investigates the whereabouts of Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, who is being tracked on a murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Anna Moriah Wilson on May 11.RELATED
Anyone with information on where Armstrong might be is urged to contact authorities, the agency said in a news release last Friday.
Wilson, who lived in San Francisco, was in Austin, Texas, for a bike race when he was shot multiple times at the home of the friend he was staying with, according to an arrest affidavit filed with the court. of Travis County District.
The relationship of the elite cyclist and the suspect with the same man
The affidavit described that both the victim and the suspect had romantic relationships with the same man. The document also detailed text messages and interviews with informants that pointed to jealousy as a possible motive.
On the day of the murder, Wilson went for an afternoon swim with Colin Strickland, also a professional cyclist whom she had dated on and off since last fall, according to the affidavit. During that time, Strickland had lived with Armstrong, his girlfriend.
Strickland told police that he began his romantic relationship with Wilson during a two-week period when he was separated from Armstrong, according to the affidavit. Strickland maintained his relationship with Wilson after resuming his courtship with Armstrong, the document said, and admitted trying to hide his communications with Wilson from Armstrong by changing the name on his phone and deleting text messages.
It is unclear whether Wilson and Strickland were in a romantic relationship at the time of his death.
Armstrong had contacted Wilson several times and once told her to “stay away” from Strickland, one of Wilson’s friends told investigators, according to the affidavit.
Strickland considered Wilson to be one of the best female cyclists in the world, she told police, and a VeloNews article published on the day of her death called her “the most victorious woman on the American off-road scene.” Wilson had won a series of races in California this spring, the article notes, before traveling to Austin.
Images of Armstrong’s car
Multiple security agencies involved in the investigation obtained security camera footage of Armstrong’s car near the home before Wilson’s body was found, according to the affidavit.
Within 24 hours of Wilson’s death, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force officers took Armstrong into custody in connection with a separate warrant and spoke with her. However, Austin police said then that they learned the warrant for Armstrong’s arrest was invalid and told him he could go.
Armstrong requested to end the interview and left after detectives began confronting her about security camera video locating her car near the crime scene, the affidavit says.
Ballistic evidence found at the murder scene was compared to test bullets fired from a firearm Strickland purchased for Armstrong, according to the affidavit. The test showed that “the possibility that the same firearm was involved is significant,” the document says.
Chris Boyette and Elizabeth Wolfe, both of WABNEWS, contributed to this report.