Kaitlin Armstrong, wanted for murder of Moriah Wilson, apprehended in Costa Rica

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Kaitlin Armstrong, the Texas woman wanted in the shooting death of Moriah Wilson, is now in police custody.

US Marshals officials confirmed to VeloNews that Armstrong was apprehended by authorities in Costa Rica overnight.

“She was captured yesterday in Costa Rica,” a spokesman from the US Marshals office said.

The US Marshal’s office will reveal more details later Thursday. The Austin Police Department is also expected to issue a statement.

Armstrong, who has been on the run following the May 11 shooting of Wilson in Austin, Texas, is now in police custody in Costa Rica.

Sources say she was traveling with a fake passport and had undergone plastic surgery.

The search for Armstrong dates back to May 17 following Wilson’s shocking murder in Austin on May 11.

Armstrong, whose vehicle was seen at the scene of the crime, was questioned by Austin city police on May 12 in relation to the murder investigation, but was released due to a discrepancy with her date of birth in their computer system.

Texas authorities issued a warrant for Armstrong’s arrest on May 17, but she already had fled the area. Surveillance video spotted her boarding flights to Houston and then to New York on May 14. Authorities believed she might have been traveling under a fake name.

Armstrong was last known to have been at Newark’s Liberty airport on May 18, a day after Austin police issued a homicide warrant for her arrest.

Last week, authorities revealed that Armstrong sold a black Jeep Grand Cherokee to an Austin, Texas, car dealer for $12,200 one day before she fled the state. Similar vehicles are being sold for close to $30,000, and authorities believe she used the cash to hatch her escape.

Some six weeks later, law enforcement authorities had widened their search, and charged her with a federal crime of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Armstrong’s apprehension will close one chapter in a heartbreaking story that has ripped through the tightly knit gravel cycling scene.

Wilson, 25, was one of American off-road racing’s rising stars, and her tragic death provoked an outpouring of support and sympathy from across the cycling community.

Once back in the United States, Armstrong could face several charges, including first-degree murder, which is a capital crime in Texas and could result in the death penalty.

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