The family of a professional cyclist, who was shot dead just hours after she went swimming with the suspect’s boyfriend, says she was not in a romantic relationship with anyone at the time of the murder.
25-year-old Anna Moria Wilson, nicknamed “Mo”, was found dead on May 11 while cycling in Austin.
An unnamed police spokesman told police that yogi Caitlin Armstrong, 34, was furious to discover that her boyfriend-cyclist Colin Strickland in January 2022 allegedly had an affair with Wilson.
Hours before Wilson’s death she went swimming with a friend, according to an oath in which Strickland was a friend. Strickland later told police that during a break in his relationship with Armstrong, he met and began dating Wilson.
The clue contacted police three days after Wilson was killed and Armstrong was questioned by police and later released.
She is now being hunted by authorities over allegations that she killed her boyfriend’s “secret lover” by threatening to kill the victim before carrying out her threat, it is alleged.
In this case, Armstrong was charged with first-degree murder. She is still on the run.
Investigators said that based on their search for Wilson’s phone, text messages showed that Wilson thought she was “still in a romantic relationship with Strickland, even though he is currently dating Armstrong.”
However, a statement issued by KXAN to her family said otherwise, clarifying details of the alleged romantic relationship.
“While we will not elaborate on the ongoing investigation, we consider it important to clarify that at the time of her death, people close to her clearly understood, directly from Moria, that she was not in a romantic relationship with anyone,” the statement said. ‘I.
25-year-old Anna Moria Wilson, nicknamed “Mo”, was found dead on May 11 while cycling in Austin, Texas.
Yoga teacher Caitlin Armstrong has not been seen since May 13 after Wilson was allegedly killed in an apartment in Austin, Texas. Police believe she could have killed Wilson in a fit of jealousy after discovering that the professional cyclist had briefly dated her boyfriend Colin Strickland.
“We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter and sister Anna Moriah Wilson,” the statement said. “There are no words that could express the pain and suffering we are experiencing because of this senseless, tragic loss. Moria was a talented, kind and caring young woman. Her life was taken away from her before she was able to achieve everything she dreamed of. Our family and everyone who loved her will always miss her. “
On the day of Wilson’s murder, the cyclist told her friend Caitlin Cash, who called 911, that she was “going to meet a friend named Colin to swim” in the famous Austin Deep Eddy pool. Cash left the residence at about 5:30 p.m., and when she returned, she noticed that the door was unlocked, and saw Wilson, “lying on the floor in the bathroom in blood, and no one else was inside.”
Cash said her door required a “unique code” to open, and said she received a notification that the code was used around 5:55 p.m., indicating that the door was closed, indicating that Wilson had left to bathe, the testimony says. She said she received another notification around 8.30pm, indicating that Wilson had returned.
She said the password had recently been changed and she and Wilson were the only ones who knew him.
Strickland told police he dropped Wilson around 8:45 p.m. and stopped in the alley to send Armstrong away: “Hey! Are you out Went to throw flowers for Alison at her son’s house in the north and my phone died. Go home if you have no other food offer.
“Strickland lied to Armstrong about his whereabouts to hide that he had been with Wilson all evening,” the testimony said.
Wilson and Strickland remained friends after their brief romantic relationship and went swimming in this Austin municipal pool, Deep Eddy, on the day of the murder
During a secret meeting between Wilson and Strickland, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep of Armstrong was spotted near the house of a friend of Wilson’s, where the cyclist was stopping.
The car was spotted again that night after Strickland dropped Wilson off
Shortly afterwards, Armstrong’s jeep was spotted driving past the residence where Wilson was staying, and seemed to have “stopped.” During an interview with police, Armstrong did not deny that her car was in the area at the time, but “had no explanation as to why he was there.”
When a yoga teacher was asked about her boyfriend’s novel, she reportedly “rolled her eyes angrily.” When asked if she was “upset” and “only in the area,” Armstrong reportedly nodded and admitted she “looks unwell,” the testimony said.
A recently released video shows a runaway yoga teacher’s car driving past a beloved rival’s home around the same time a woman was shot inside.
Armstrong’s black Jeep Grand Cherokee was pictured on May 11, driving past a house in Austin where Wilson stopped with a friend.
Wilson was shot inside the property at about the same time as coming from San Francisco for the upcoming race, Fox7 reports.
Shortly after she was asked about the location of her car, she was asked to leave the interview, and police said she was “very still” during it all. She has since disappeared.
On May 17, a firearm stationed at Strickland’s residence was “tested,” and police determined it had “significant potential” so that the gun could be used in the crime.
Police believe that the discovery of this relationship forced Armstrong to break away, and learning that they went swimming, Armstrong could have killed.
Investigators are also investigating whether Armstrong was led to Wilson’s location by the Strava training program. It is used by runners and cyclists to share training routes, and Wilson’s profile, which has now been removed, has been made public.
Armstrong could track Wilson through her Strava account. Although now removed, the fitness tracking program recorded Wilson before the day of her murder
She loaded a bicycle route that began and ended at Austin’s property, where she stopped on May 11, the day of her death, revealing her whereabouts.
Armstrong, who is now wanted by the FBI after being charged with first-degree murder of Wilson, also uses Strava.
Her profile has recently been changed from public to private, but it is unclear whether she did it herself.
Wilson and Strickland met for a week at a time when Strickland and Armstrong were on break last year, but the cyclists remained friends and went out to dinner at Pool Burger before Strickland dropped her off at 8.30pm at a friend’s house in East Austin.
Armstrong did not return to the house she shared with Strickland until 9:20 p.m., he told police.
On the day of the tour, the Ring camera captured the moment when Armstrong’s 2012 black Jeep Grand Cherokee was spotted driving behind a friend’s house, and shortly after Strickland dropped Wilson off.
Minutes after the car was spotted, Wilson’s friend came home and found the cyclist dead with multiple gunshot wounds.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Armstrong, who continues to flee and has deleted all his social media accounts.
Strickland and Armstrong reunited shortly after his fight with Wilson, but his girlfriend only found out about the week-long fight in January.
Strickland told police that around this time he purchased for himself and Armstrong two 9mm pistols.
Strickland told detectives that Armstrong was where he met Wilson or where she was staying, but Armstrong may have been able to locate through the Strava fitness app.
The app, used by cyclists and runners to track their progress and upload videos and photos of their routines, tracked Wilson’s progress on the day of the murder as she downloaded a route that began and ended at the East Austin house where she stopped.
The only thing missing from her room was her bicycle, which investigators said they found in a bamboo thicket more than 60 feet from the house.
Strickland on Friday issued a statement insisting that his relationship with Wilson was “platonic and professional”.
He wrote: “It is impossible to adequately express the regret and torture I feel about my closeness to this horrific crime.”
He said he was cooperating fully with police.
“I admired her very much and considered her a close friend,” he wrote. “I am deeply saddened by her loss.”
Wilson was described by her fellow cyclists as “all bright and funny”
Wilson was seen as a rising star in the sport.
She had just become a professional, leaving her job at California-based Specialized cycling company, and a few weeks earlier had taken first place among the elite women in the Life Time Grand Prix off-road series.
Ahead of her was a busy season of racing with competitions in the United States and East Africa.
Wilson grew up in East Burke, Vermont.
Her father, Eric Wilson, was on the U.S. ski team, and her aunt Laura competed in the Olympics as a skier.
In a statement, her family said: “While the tragic loss of Moria is incomprehensible, at the same time we want everyone to join us in celebrating her life, achievements and love for others.
“Always relentlessly striving to achieve her goals, we knew she was striving for what she loved. We will miss her greatly and know that everyone is mourning her with us. “
The family launched the GoFundMe page to raise $ 100,000 to “help fund community organizations that help young people gain confidence, strength and joy by cycling, skiing and other activities that Moria enjoyed.”
Throughout her youth, she skied, continuing to perform at Dartmouth College, where she also played football.
She graduated as an engineer.
“Moria Wilson was the whole world and laughter,” said Rebecca Rush, a member of the Mountain Bike and Gravel Hall of Fame.