A Texas woman suspected of killing pro cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson at an Austin home has been arrested in Costa Rica, the US Marshals Service said Thursday.
Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, was arrested Wednesday at a hostel on Santa Teresa Beach in Puntarenas Province, the Marshals Service said in a statement. Armstrong was expected to be returned to the United States, where she will face charges of murder, the agency said.
“The Marshals Service elevated the Kaitlin Armstrong investigation to the status of a high-profile case early in this investigation, which likely played a key role in her arrest after a 43-day run,” said Susan Pamerleau, U.S. Marshal for the western district of Texas.
Wilson, 25, was found dead on May 11, and the Austin Police Department issued a murder warrant for Armstrong on May 19.
Authorities said Armstrong sold her vehicle on May 13 and then flew from Austin to Houston shortly after being questioned by authorities that day about Wilson’s death. She then flew to New York before using a fraudulent passport to fly from Newark, New Jersey, to San Jose, Costa Rica, on May 18, the agency said.
Wilson, a competitive gravel and mountain bike racer and Vermont native known as “Mo,” had been in Austin for a cycling event. According to an affidavit, Wilson had previously dated Armstrong’s friend, cyclist Colin Strickland, who has collaborated with investigators and is not a suspect.
According to the affidavit, Armstrong’s SUV was seen on surveillance video outside the home where Wilson was shot.