Moriah Wilson murder: Yoga teacher Kaitlin Armstrong still at large, cops offer $5,000 reward
AUSTIN, TEXAS: The US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is still trying to capture love triangle murder suspect Kaitlin Armstrong. The task force is now offering a $5,000 reward for "anybody who can generate a tip" that could lead them to Armstrong. Armstrong, 34, is wanted for murdering cyclist Moriah Wilson, 25, on May 11 in Austin, Texas.
Armstrong, a yoga teacher, is accused of shooting dead Moriah Wilson, a leading US gravel rider. Armstrong allegedly suspected that her boyfriend, professional cyclist Colin Strickland, had a short fling with Wilson while they were 'on a break'. Wilson was found murdered at a friend's home in East Austin.
Armstrong was questioned about the murder a day later but then released on a technicality around her birthdate. After the murder, surveillance footage showed Armstrong at New York's LaGuardia Airport on May 14. A recent press release by the task force stated that Armstrong arrived at Newark's Liberty International Airport on May 18, which was just a day after the Austin Police Department issued a warrant to arrest her. According to passenger records, however, the suspect was not listed on any outbound flights from Newark.
Deputy Marshal Brandon Fillan told KVUE that investigators are considering the possibility that Armstrong flew out of Newark under a fake name. They are also looking into the possibility that she deliberately tried to deceive authorities and had no intention of flying that day.
Kaitlin Marie Armstrong was at Austin airport on May 14th when she grabbed a plane to New York.— Rose (@901Lulu) May 25, 2022
She could truly be anywhere by now. pic.twitter.com/uLv5U0gYeZ
"There's a lot more people looking for her than I believe what she believes. We wanted to make it to where she always has to look over her shoulder," Fillan said. "Somewhere along the way she'll make an error, she'll make a mistake, and we'll be able to exploit that to where we can bring her before justice." Armstrong's disappearance has been upgraded by the Marshals to a "major case status" now.
Armstrong has removed all of her social media profiles. "Kaitlin Armstrong is accused of a very serious crime that she needs to answer for," U.S. Marshal for the western District of Texas Susan Pamerleau said. "The best thing she can do at this point, wherever she is, is surrender to authorities, so she can return safely to Austin and answer the charges against her. She needs to know the Marshals are not going to stop looking for her."
The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force has learned that Kaitlin Marie Armstrong was dropped off at the Newark Liberty International Airport May 18, a day after Austin police obtained a warrant for her arrest. pic.twitter.com/seTbGYWEXc— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) June 6, 2022
Armstrong is reportedly White, stands 5 feet 8 inches and weighs approximately 125 pounds. When she was last seen, she had light brown long, curly hair. She was seen wearing a blue denim jacket, black shirt with a pink design on the chest, white jeans, black and white tennis shoes, a black mask. She also had on her shoulders what was possibly a yoga mat carrier.
So far, only Armstrong’s father is on the record saying she’s innocent.“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,” Mike Armstrong, 62, told ABC’s “Good Morning America”. In the case of Armstrong's victim, her family says: “While we will not elaborate about the ongoing investigation, we do feel it’s important to clarify that at the time of her death, those closest to her clearly understood, directly from Moriah, that she was not in a romantic relationship with anyone."