Cops in Austin, Texas have named a suspect in the shooting death of 25-year-old gravel cycling star Moriah Wilson.
On Thursday, police issued an arrest warrant for Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, on felony charges of first-degree murder.
The news was first reported by VeloNews.
Armstrong is a real estate agent for the Texas-based firm Kuper Realty, and also the partner of elite gravel racer Colin Strickland, the winner of the 2018 edition of Unbound Gravel. Strickland introduced Armstrong to a VeloNews reporter in Austin in late 2019 and identified her as his partner. The two recently co-founded a business renovating vintage recreational vehicles, called WheelHouse Mobile.
According to the company’s website, “Colin’s partner and financial guru, Kaitlin Armstrong, led him to realize they could build this into something much greater than a one-off passion project.”
Outside called Strickland but he did not pick up.
According to a police affidavit obtained by The Boston Globe, cops began investigating Armstrong after video footage showed a black SUV similar to the make and model that she owns parked outside the home where Wilson was shot and killed on the night of Wednesday, May 11. The Globe said police then searched a home in Austin that Armstrong owns for firearms and traces of blood.
The Globe said that Wilson had gone swimming with a male cyclist on the night of her death, and that the male cyclist dropped her off at home where she was staying at approximately 8:30 P.M. The Globe declined to name the male cyclist, as the affidavit said he was not charged in the crime. Footage from a camera near the home showed a black SUV similar to Armstrong’s pull up to the house around 8:36 P.M.
A friend who was staying with Wilson returned to the house shortly before 10 P.M. and called 911 after she found Wilson unresponsive and covered in blood. Officials were unable to revive her, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wilson, who grew up in East Burke, Vermont, was a rising star on the U.S. gravel and mountain-bike racing cycling scene. In 2021 she scored impressive results at major cycling races, including the Big Sugar Gravel and Leadville Trail 100 MTB. In 2022 she won San Diego’s Belgian Waffle Ride and the Sea Otter Classic.
She had traveled to Austin from Colorado to participate in the Gravel Locos race, held two hours outside the city.
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