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Fugitive yoga teacher accused of killing professional cyclist love rival sold her car

A fugitive yoga teacher from Texas wanted for killing a professional cyclist in a jealous rage sold the car at the center of the case against her just one day after she was questioned by cops.

Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, was questioned by Austin police officers on May 14 after they discovered that the yoga instructor had an open misdemeanor warrant on a theft of services charge, the Daily Beast reports.

The cops then used the opportunity to briefly question her about Anna Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson’s death several days earlier – after they received an anonymous tip that Armstrong flew into a rage when she discovered that her live-in boyfriend, Colin Strickland, had previously been romantically involved with Wilson.

During the interview, cops showed Armstrong video surveillance of her SUV apparently coming to a stop outside the apartment where Wilson was found dead on May 11.

Kaitlin Armstrong, 34, apparently sold the SUV at the center of Austin police officers’ case against her for $12,2000 one day before she was questioned by authorities. Armstrong is now a wanted fugitive for the death of Anna Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson

The footage was time stamped just one minute after Wilson, 25, entered the building following a swim and dinner with Strickland. 

Strickland, 35, had reportedly told Armstrong, his girlfriend of three months, he was dropping flowers off for someone and his phone had died, according to KXAN.

During the interview, Armstrong reportedly admitted it ‘doesn’t look good,’ and a probable cause document for her arrest says she ‘had no explanation as to why it was in the area, and did not make any denials surrounding the statements presented to her.’

Still, Austin police ultimately had to let Armstrong go after they realized that the warrant for her arrest had expired, and the next day she received a check for Jeep Grand Cherokee from a CarMax dealership in south Austin for $12,200.

She had apparently sold the vehicle to the dealership on May 13, before she was brought in for questioning, US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force officials announced on Thursday.

Armstrong then reportedly caught a flight from the Austin International Bergstrom Airport and has been on the run since. 

‘It’s like she just vanished into thin air,’ Debra Cronin, who used to be married to Wilson’s grandfather told the Daily Beast as she called for justice in Wilson’s murder.

Authorities say Armstrong fell into a jealous rage and shot Wilson, 25, left, dead after she went for a swim and dinner with Armstrong's boyfriend, professional cycler Colin Strickland, right

Strickland later admitted he was once romantically involved with Wilson, but insisted that had ended

Authorities say Armstrong fell into a jealous rage and shot Wilson, 25, left, dead after she went for a swim and dinner with Armstrong’s boyfriend, professional cycler Colin Strickland, right

Armstrong is believed to have booked a flight from Austin International Bergstrom Airport to Houston before boarding a connecting flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport on May 14.

Authorities released surveillance footage of a woman they believe to be her wearing a black mask covering her face, a denim jacket, a black shirt, white jeans and carrying what appears to be a yoga mat on her shoulders as she goes through the Austin airport. 

Armstrong was then last seen being dropped off at the Newark Liberty International Airport on May 18 – just one day after Austin police issued a homicide warrant for her arrest.

US Marshals say Armstrong got a ride to the New Jersey airport, but found she did not have reservations for an outbound flight.

A man who was staying at the Camp Haven compound in Livingston Manor, New York, later told Fox News that Armstrong’s sister Christine had been staying there and he had seen Armstrong a month ago. 

‘She was [here] a while back,’ he said. ‘Right before the whole thing blew up.’

Former FBI special agent Tracy Walder also said he believes Armstrong could be using an alias, and private investigators have received tips that she might be using her sister’s name, according to NewsNation.  

Marshals have confirmed they are aware of the campsite location but would not confirm whether Armstrong is using her sister’s identity.  

The camp address is roughly two-and-a-half hours away from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Meanwhile, authorities have upped the reward for any information about Armstrong’s whereabouts to $21,000. 

Authorities describe Armstrong as white, with long, curly light brown hair, hazel eyes. She is five-foot-eight inches tall and weighs around 125 pounds. 

Armstrong was last pictured at New York City's LaGuardia Airport on May 14 after arriving from Austin. She took a connecting flight from Houston to get to the Big Apple and has last been spotted at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 18

Armstrong was last pictured at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on May 14 after arriving from Austin. She took a connecting flight from Houston to get to the Big Apple and has last been spotted at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 18

Armstrong, pictured at LaGuardia Airport on May 14, is believed to not have flown from Newark on May 18. Theories that she flew under a fake name or was deliberately deceptive and had no intention of flying that day have surfaced to light

Armstrong, pictured at LaGuardia Airport on May 14, is believed to not have flown from Newark on May 18. Theories that she flew under a fake name or was deliberately deceptive and had no intention of flying that day have surfaced to light

Timeline of Kaitlin Armstrong’s movements since the murder of her boyfriend’s lover

May 11: Cyclist Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson, 25, is found dead in an apartment in Austin, Texas, shortly after going swimming with Armstrong’s boyfriend, Colin Strickland.

May 13: Armstrong sells her Jeep Grand Cherokee, seen in surveillance footage outside the apartment where Wilson had been staying, and gets a check on May 15 for $12,200.

May 14: An anonymous police tipster tells investigators that Armstrong flew into a rage after discovering Strickland’s romance with Wilson. 

Armstrong is questioned by cops on an old warrant but had to be released when police realized it had expired. 

During the police interview Armstrong admitted it ‘doesn’t look good’ when cops pointed out she had been near the apartment at the time of the murder.

An anonymous caller tells Austin police that Armstrong had recently obtained a handgun. 

Armstrong is released and goes on the run from cops by hopping on an Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Houston Hobby and then getting on a connecting Southwest flight to LaGuardia in New York. 

May 17: The firearm located at Strickland’s residence was ‘test fired’ and police have determined it had ‘significant potential’ to be the gun used in the crime 

May 18: Armstrong is last seen at Newark Liberty International Airport, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Camp Haven in Livingston Manor where she is said to have been spotted about a month ago. 

Police say they were first alerted to Wilson’s fatal shooting just before 10pm on May 11, when her friend called authorities to report that she found Wilson with multiple gunshot wounds.

When police arrived, they found the friend, with whom Wilson had been staying, performing CPR on her and multiple shell casings on the floor.

Authorities soon pronounced Wilson dead on the scene.

They later found out that earlier that night, Wilson had gone to dinner with Strickland, who told police that the two of them had been swimming at Deep Eddy Pool before getting burgers at Pool Burger.

Strickland said he picked her up from the apartment of her friend Caitlin Cash on his BMW motorbike at 5.45pm and dropped her off again at 8.36pm – stopping shortly after to text Armstrong to tell her he had been dropping off flowers to another friend and that his phone had run out of battery.

But unknown to Strickland, Armstrong had allegedly been tracking both him and Mo using cycling app Strava which shows the routes runners and cyclists take.

A neighbor, who asked not to be named, previously told DailyMail.com that her home security camera caught Armstrong’s black Jeep Cherokee driving up to the property, which sits above a garage at the back of a larger home, at 8.35pm.

She also told DailyMail.com that Armstrong had been caught on camera the previous day, riding a bike in the same spot.

At 9.26pm police received a call from Cash saying she had returned home to find Mo lying on the bathroom floor, covered in blood.

Police said she had been shot several times, although neighbors including the owner of the home directly linked to the garage said that none of them heard any gunshots or any kind of disturbance at all.

The neighbor whose home security captured Armstrong’s car on camera told DailyMail.com that she believes Armstrong used a silencer.  

In a statement released earlier this month, Strickland – a professional biker himself who was once sponsored by Red Bull – said he met Wilson through cycling and had a ‘brief’ romantic relationship with her at the end of October 2021.

He said he reconciled with Armstrong at the start of December and had no intention of pursuing an ‘auxiliary relationship that would mislead anyone’.

But in the police affidavit, he admitted to changing Wilson’s number to an anonymous name on his iPhone after Armstrong found out about the fling in January, and deleted her number from his phone.

Wilson was found with multiple gunshot wounds by her friend Caitlin Cash, with whom she was staying as she was in Texas for a race

Wilson was found with multiple gunshot wounds by her friend Caitlin Cash, with whom she was staying as she was in Texas for a race

A neighbor has said she saw Armstrong's Jeep Grand Cherokee pull up to the residence (pictured) the night that Wilson was killed

A neighbor has said she saw Armstrong’s Jeep Grand Cherokee pull up to the residence (pictured) the night that Wilson was killed

Strickland has since claimed to The Sun that his relationship with Wilson formed after his relationship with Armstrong got rocky.

‘I had ended the relationship with Kaitlin and it was just interesting timing because Mo had come to Austin to visit a friend that exact week,’ he told The Sun. ‘It was completely unplanned and yeah, we started spending some time together.’

‘That was clearly expressed to Kaitlin at that time, and Kaitlin dated other men directly after that.’

He added: ‘We were clearly going our separate ways but we just didn’t get enough inertia to separate.’

The professional cyclist also argued that he was in ‘minimal communication’ with Wilson after their romance ended last year, alleging the affidavit implied something deeper. 

‘Mo and I communicated about twice a month (after that) and I think it was skewed in a very misleading way in the affidavit,’ Strickland said.

He also told the newspaper he got back with his ex because ‘Kaitlin and I were involved in several businesses together.’ 

Additionally, Strickland denied having any intimate interactions with Wilson the day of her death, reiterating that the nature of their relationship was platonic at that point.

‘If it wasn’t, there would have been intent to do otherwise, which did not transpire,’ he stated.

Strickland, 35, has previously said that his relationship with Armstrong was getting rocky and he decided to spend time with Wilson while she was in town

Strickland, 35, has previously said that his relationship with Armstrong was getting rocky and he decided to spend time with Wilson while she was in town

He had met Wilson (pictured) through cycling and had a 'brief' romantic relationship with her at the end of October 2021

He had met Wilson (pictured) through cycling and had a ‘brief’ romantic relationship with her at the end of October 2021

Strickland, who has allegedly been in ‘shell-shocked grieving mode’ since Wilson’s killing, also told The Sun there was no indication that ‘anything was off’ with Armstrong.

‘I would say she is one of the least volatile people I have ever met and that’s why it’s so absolutely shocking,’ he explained. ‘She had sides to her personality that I don’t think she shared with anybody.

‘I had no indication of anything like that.’

The cyclist revealed that he is still mourning Wilson’s killing, but would not confirm if he has been in contact with her loved ones. 

He did, however, note that Armstrong and Wilson had a face-to-face interaction with each other at a cycling event in Arkansas in January.

After the event, Wilson allegedly texted Strickland: ‘This weekend was strange for me and I just want to know what’s going on.

‘If you just want to be friends (seems to be the case) then that’s cool, but I’d like to talk about it cause honestly my mind has been going in circles and I don’t know what to think.’

Friends of Strickland, 35, have since told DailyMail.com he fears becoming Armstrong’s second victim and has ‘got out of Dodge completely’ until she is caught.

Close friend David, 42, of Lockhart, Texas, said: ‘None of us can sleep. He’s staying out of sight until she’s caught. I do know where he is but I’m not mentioning where for his safety.

‘He’s not in Texas – he’s got completely out of Dodge.’

Strickland has not confirmed those allegations himself. 


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