Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson, professional cyclist and Dartmouth graduate, was found dead in her friend’s Austin, Texas home on May 11th. With multiple gunshot wounds to her body, police have ruled her manner of death homicide and continue to look for her murder suspect.
Wilson traveled from San Francisco, California to Austin in order to prepare for an upcoming race. The Travis County District Court reports that the cyclist’s friend performed CPR on her, but when police arrived at 10 p.m., she was pronounced dead at the scene.
As law enforcement continue the investigation into her death, they found video surveillance of Austin resident, Kaitlin Armstrong, pulling her vehicle into the driveway of the home Wilson was staying at.
Armstrong was brought into custody by police and questioned about her involvement in the 25-year-old’s death. Denying any involvement, her warrant was ruled not valid and she was released from custody. Following her release, she deleted all social media and has not been seen in over a week. US Marshals are now on a hunt for Armstrong, who is officially a fugitive and the main suspect in Wilson’s slaying.
Investigators believe that the murder was prompted by romantic jealousy, as Wilson had dated Armstrong’s boyfriend for a brief moment while they were separated. Colin Strickland, the boyfriend of the fugitive, relayed to officers that he mentioned to his girlfriend that he dated Wilson for a few weeks while his relationship was temporarily on hold.
According to arrest warrants obtained by Buzzfeed News, Strickland went swimming with the cyclist on the morning of her death, which may have prompted a violent outburst from Armstrong.
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According to Strickland, he purchased a firearm for Armstrong during the winter, which ballistic reports say matches the description of the gun used to murder Wilson. From the shell casings found next to her body, investigators believe there is “significant” potential “that the same firearm was involved.”
Kaitlin Armstrong’s father denies his daughter’s involvement in the death of Anna Moriah Wilson
However, Michael Armstrong, the father of the Austin woman, vouches for his daughter and believes she is incapable of committing this crime. During an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, he expressed the sentiments, “I know her. I know how she thinks, and I know what she believes. And I know that she just would not do something like this.”
“I know that she did not do this. There are a lot of unanswered questions,” he included.
Police encourage anyone with information regarding Wilson’s death to come forward to help the investigation. A GoFundMe has been set up in her name to raise money for community organizations that encourage “self-confidence, strength, and joy through biking, skiing, and other activities that Moriah was passionate about.”
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