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Federal agents believe that the suspect in the Moriah Wilson murder might have fled to New York after being questioned by police in the high-profile case.
Agents from the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force released video to media outlets Wednesday of what police believe is Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, who remains at large, boarding a flight at the Austin airport on May 14 bound for Houston.
She was later tracked boarding a connecting Southwest Airlines Flight to New York La Guardia Airport.
On Monday, U.S. Marshal’s officials confirmed to VeloNews that the search for Armstrong continued. The latest development Wednesday reveals that police are now expanding the search to beyond Texas.
It’s unclear if Armstrong, who has been charged with first-degree murder, has contacts in the New York area, or where she might be now.
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An affidavit revealed that police brought Armstrong in for questioning on May 12 on an outstanding Class B warrant, but she was not arrested and asked to leave the interview.
BREAKING: US Marshals Service says Kaitlin Armstrong left Austin on May 14th. She boarded a flight at ABIA to Houston Hobby and then flew to New York City. The search continues to find her. She is wanted in the shooting death of cyclist Moriah Wilson. pic.twitter.com/6rTtPtvvSq
— Chris Walker (@WalkerATX) May 25, 2022
Austin police issued a first-degree murder warrant for Armstrong on May 17.
Police are also searching for a black Jeep Grand Cherokee believed to belong to Armstrong that was spotted at the murder scene on May 11.
U.S. Marshals issued a wanted poster, and have asked the public to call 1- 800-336-0102 with information about the whereabouts of Armstrong or the vehicle.
Wilson’s friend later returned home to find Wilson shot multiple times. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
The murder case has rattled the tight-knit gravel racing scene, and the story and subsequent manhunt for Armstrong has since garnered media coverage from national and international outlets.
Strickland, who is not being charged in the case, has since seen many of his sponsors and backers distance themselves from him since the shocking murder.