Caitlin Marie Armstrong, the woman suspected of fatally shooting 25-year-old elite cyclist Anna Morea “Mo” Wilson in Texas in May, sold her Jeep to an Austin dealership, the US Marshals Service said on Thursday.
A statement from Marshall said investigators from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force learned that Armstrong sold his black Jeep Grand Cherokee to a CarMax dealership on May 13 for $12,000. She boarded the flight from Austin the next day.
Armstrong, 34, is a real estate agent and yoga teacher based in Austin, Texas, and is now a fugitive. She is wanted for the May 11 shooting of Wilson, who had previously dated Armstrong’s boyfriend – 35-year-old professional cyclist Colin Strickland – in what investigators believe may have been a violent act of romantic jealousy.
Feather May 11According to an arrest affidavit filed in Travis County District Court, on the day of the murder, Wilson told her friend that she was going for an afternoon swim with Strickland, a few days before the Gravel Locos Race in Hickow, where she was staying with a friend. Was being
Strickland told investigators that after the swim, he and Wilson had dinner, and then they dropped it off at their friend’s house. He said he didn’t go inside, the affidavit shows. Austin police retaliated at the home later that evening before the 10 p.m. whistle, and found Wilson with multiple gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Feather May 12, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s autopsy of Wilson’s body determined the official cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was a homicide. Within 24 hours of Wilson’s death, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force officers captured and spoke to Armstrong in connection with an unrelated arrest warrant.
However, Austin police said they then learned that Armstrong’s arrest warrant was not valid and told him he was free to go.
Feather May 13Armstrong sold his black Jeep Grand Cherokee to a CarMax dealership in South Austin for $12,200. According to the US Marshal’s office, a check was given to him by the dealership a day after he was questioned by Austin officials.
Feather 14 MayArmstrong was at Austin International Bergstrom Airport in the early afternoon. There, she boarded a flight to Houston Hobby Airport, where she took a connecting flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The Austin Police Department said in a news release that the shooting does not appear to be “a random act.”
Feather May 17Police issued a murder warrant against Armstrong. The affidavit of his arrest points in part to video surveillance obtained by investigators that showed a vehicle similar to Wilson’s near his home shortly before his body was found.
Armstrong was seen May 18 According to US Marshals at Newark Liberty International Airport. However, no reservations were made under his name, Marshall said, citing a search for outgoing flights at the airport.
a May 19 An arrest affidavit filed by police in Travis County District Court shows that Strickland admitted to trying to hide his communications with Wilson from Armstrong by changing Wilson’s name and deleting the text on his phone. The affidavit cited a tipster who alleged that Strickland and Wilson’s romantic relationship lasted until January 2022.
According to the affidavit, Armstrong had contacted Wilson several times and in one instance told him to “stay away” from Strickland, a friend of Wilson’s told investigators.
Feather May 25After authorities obtained a separate, federal warrant for Armstrong for “unlawful flight to evade prosecution,” the US Marshal said, upgrading Armstrong’s search to “major case status.” That same day, the Austin American-Statesman quoted Strickland as saying that she had a “brief romantic relationship” with Wilson from late October to early November 2021, while she split from Armstrong.
Strickland and Armstrong reconciled and resumed their relationship after about a month, he told the newspaper. His relationship with Wilson then became “platonic and professional” and he considered her a “close friend”.