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Authorities in Texas are on the hunt for a yoga teacher accused of fatally shooting America’s top gravel biker for having a short-lived affair with her ex-boyfriend.
Kaitlin Armstrong, 34, was last seen on May 13, two days after the killing of Moriah Wilson, 25, who was found covered in blood at a friend’s home in East Austin on May 11.
An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect, a yoga teacher, who remains a fugitive from justice and has deleted all her social media accounts.
The woman’s ex-boyfriend, Colin Strickland, who is also a professional cyclist, had a short-lived romantic relationship with Wilson in October, when he and his girlfriend had been on a break.
Strickland and Armstrong got back together after the affair with Wilson, but his girlfriend, at the time, didn’t just know about the week-long affair in January.
The Austin American Statesman reported that the yoga teacher “became furious and shaking with anger,” according to an informant who spoke with authorities.
Armstrong allegedly told an informant that he wanted to kill Wilson and had recently acquired a gun or intended to do so, according to the affidavit. obtained by Fox 7 Austin.
Strickland told police that he purchased two 9mm firearms for himself and his girlfriend at the time.
The cyclist had traveled from California to Texas, where she was staying with a friend before a race in Hico, northeast of Waco.
Wilson was found dead of multiple shots from a 9mm pistol at a home in east Austin the day before the race, according to the statement.
APD tested Armstrong’s gun and found that it was the same one used in the murder of the American cyclist, according to ballistics tests.
On the night of May 11, the day after they arrived in Texas, Wilson and Strickland went for a swim at Deep Eddy, a municipal swimming pool in Austin. Then they went to dinner at Pool Burger. He walked her back to her friend’s apartment at 8:30 p.m.
Armstrong was seen driving a few minutes later, with footage captured on a local neighbor’s Ring camera. The woman did not return to the house she shared with her boyfriend until 9:20 p.m.
On the other hand, Strickland issued a statement this Friday where he noted that his relationship with Wilson was “platonic and professional.”
“There is no way to adequately express the regret and torture I feel for my proximity to this horrible crime.” He added that he was fully cooperating with the police. “He greatly admired her and considered her a close friend,” he wrote.
Wilson was seen as a rising star in cycling. She had recently turned pro, she left her job at a bike company in California, and weeks before she had taken the first elite women’s lead position in the Life Time Grand Prix off-road series.