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Texas woman accused of killing professional cyclist who dated her boyfriend captured in Costa Rica

AUSTIN, Texas (TCD) — A murder suspect accused of killing a professional cyclist who used to date her boyfriend was captured in Costa Rica.

Thirty-four-year-old Kaitlin Armstrong stands accused of killing 25-year-old cyclist Anna Wilson on May 11. Wilson was reportedly found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the 1700 block of Maple Avenue.

Wilson was in Austin for a race near Dallas, and on the day of her death, she went swimming with another professional cyclist named Colin Strickland. Armstrong was allegedly dating Strickland at the time.

Upon further investigation, authorities reportedly learned Strickland was once romantically involved with the victim, Wilson, while he and Armstrong were taking a break in their relationship.

Armstrong was brought in for questioning on May 12, and investigators searched her home and found the 9mm handgun believed to be used to shoot Wilson. Authorities also searched Wilson’s phone, and learned Wilson believed she was “still in a romantic relationship with Strickland even though he was currently dating Armstrong.”

Armstrong was last seen by her boyfriend on May 13, and she deleted her social media accounts. The U.S. Marshals Service issued a homicide warrant for her arrest on May 17, and authorities tried to locate Armstrong.

According to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service, Armstrong was eventually found and arrested on June 29 at a hostel on Santa Teresa Beach in Provincia de Puntarenas. She will reportedly be extradited back to the United States.

Upon further investigation, authorities reportedly learned Armstrong sold her black Jeep Grand Cherokee on May 13 through CarMax and departed Austin on May 14. Several days later, on May 18, Armstrong allegedly used a fraudulent passport to board a plane from Newark International Airport to fly to Costa Rica.

In a statement, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas Susan Pamerleau said, “The Marshals Service elevated the Kaitlin Armstrong investigation to major case status early in this investigation, which likely played a key role in her capture after a 43-day run.”

Parmerleau added, “This is an example of combining the resources of local, state, federal and international authorities to apprehend a violent fugitive, bring an end to that run and hopefully a sense of closure to the victim’s family.”

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