Authorities are searching for a woman accused of fatally shooting an elite cyclist in Texas

Texas authorities on Friday were searching for a woman accused of fatally shooting an elite cyclist after discovering the athlete was in a romantic relationship with her cycling partner.

The US Marshals Service said it is looking for Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 35, in the May 11 killing of Anna Moriah Wilson, 25.

Austin police issued a murder warrant for Armstrong on Tuesday, the service said.

The cyclist, known as “Mo,” was traveling to Texas for a race in Hico, southwest of Fort Worth, according to cycling portal Velo News.

A friend of Wilson’s found her body on the night of May 11 in an Austin home, Austin Police said in a statement. Wilson was pronounced dead just after 10 p.m

Police initially said she was shot multiple times inside the house in a murder that “does not appear to be a coincidence”.

Armstrong had been in a relationship with professional cyclist Colin Strickland for about three years, according to an affidavit from Austin-based NBC affiliate KXAN.

But during a hiatus in their relationship, Strickland had begun seeing Wilson, the affidavit states, KXAN reported.

An unnamed friend, who said she was dating Armstrong in January when she found out about the relationship, said Armstrong “got angry and was shaking with anger,” according to the affidavit.

Based on a search of Wilson’s phone, investigators said messages indicated that Wilson believed she was “still in a romantic relationship with Strickland, although he is currently dating Armstrong,” the affidavit said, according to KXAN.

Armstrong deleted her social media accounts and was last heard from on May 13, the affidavit said, according to the broadcaster.

Strickland was not charged with wrongdoing in the case.

He did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but in a Statement Friday to a reporter from the Austin American-StatesmanHe said he was “stirred by the sadness of Mo Wilson’s death and by the facts that have come to light during the investigation.”

“There is no way to adequately express the regret and anguish I feel at my closeness to this horrific crime,” he said in the statement to the Statesman. “I’m sorry and I just can’t understand this unfathomable tragedy.”

Strickland added that he and Wilson had a “brief romantic relationship” from late October to early November last year when Wilson visited Austin. They both recently ended previous relationships, Strickland said. He and Armstrong reconciled a month later.

“Following our brief relationship in October 2021, we didn’t have a romantic relationship, just a platonic and professional one,” he said, adding, “Moriah and I were both leaders in this lonely niche sport of cycling and I admired and looked at her immensely as a close friend.”

Velo News described Wilson as a “dominant” mountain bike and gravel racer who won several races that year and left her position at a bike company to pursue racing full-time.

She was set to win the Gravel Locos race in Hico, the site reported.

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