U.S. marshals found the black Jeep Grand Cherokee registered to Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, the Austin wife suspected of killing professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson in May, the law enforcement agency said Thursday.
U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force investigators found Armstrong sold the car to a CarMax dealership in Austin on May 13 for $12,200. Armstrong received a check from CarMax just a day after being questioned by police, they said.
Wilson was found bleeding and unconscious at a friend’s house on May 11 after suffering multiple gunshot wounds, police say. Although first responders took lifesaving action, she was pronounced dead. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Armstrong and the search since last month. She faces a charge of first degree murder.
Colin Strickland, who has been dating and living with Armstrong for three years, dated Wilson during a brief break in their relationship. Strickland and Armstrong started dating again after that. On the day Wilson was killed, she had met Strickland to go swimming, police say.
Investigators said Armstrong flew to Austin Bergstrom International Airport on May 14, where she boarded a flight to Houston Hobby Airport. Shen then took a connecting flight to New York LaGuardia Airport. Her last known location is Newark Liberty International Airport where she was dropped off on May 18, according to US Marshals.
Investigators say a source told them Armstrong was flown to Newark airport on May 18, but after searching for flights out of the airport, they found no flight reservations under his name.
The US Marshals Service has called the case “major” and is offering a reward of up to $5,000 in addition to Capital Area Crime Stoppers’ $1,000 reward, for information leading to his arrest. An anonymous donor is also offering up to $15,000 as a reward for his arrest, according to the agency.
Investigators issued an arrest warrant for Armstrong on May 25 for unlawful theft to avoid prosecution.
US Marshals described Armstrong as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 125 pounds. She has long, curly light brown hair and hazel eyes.