Girlfriend to gravel pitcher Colin Strickland suspected in a bizarre murder case

Girlfriend to gravel pitcher Colin Strickland suspected in a bizarre murder case

Friday, May 27, 2022 at 14.54

The gravel world has been shaken by a murder case. On May 11, Anna Moriah Wilson was shot and killed in Austin, Texas. The 25-year-old American was a rising star in the off-road world. Last year, she finished in ninth place in the Unbound Gravel, this year to win major competitions such as the Sea Otter and the Belgian Waffle Ride. Love jealousy seems to underlie her murder.

US media – including CNN – report based on police reports and statements that US Marshalls are chasing the refugee Kaitlin Armstrong (34). She was a couple from 2018 to October 2021 with 35-year-old Colin Strickland, one of the big names in the male gravel track. The American won the Dirty Kanza in 2019, known today as the Unbound Gravel. It is the largest and most important competition in that discipline; then Strickland received a contract offer from EF Education First. Last year, Ian Boswell won after a sprint with Laurens ten Dam.

Leads up to tragedy
Strickland himself is not currently a suspect in the case, but he is an involved party. Just before he and Armstrong broke up, Strickland had a romantic love affair with him mo Wilson, as she was affectionately known on the clay stage. Earlier this year, Strickland and Armstrong are said to be reunited. However, the gravel stopper also kept in touch with Wilson during the same period, which he had on his phone in consultation with the slain victim under a different name, and who, for safety’s sake, deleted her messages.

Strickland and Wilson were both in Austin in the second week of May to prepare for Gravel Locos, a major gravel track battle on May 13th. According to police records, both went for a swim in the afternoon of May 11, after which they had dinner together in the evening. Strickland then dropped the young gravel star at a friend in Austin, where she had a unique code to unlock the door. According to police, it was used at 8:36 p.m. local time, and the ten-year-old American reportedly did not go inside with her.

According to both Strickland and Wilson’s family, both were no longer romantically involved in each other. Strickland stated that he still had a platonic and professional relationship with Wilson. After Strickland and Armstrong had been together again since the beginning of 2022, the latter contacted Wilson several times. According to a friend of the victim, Armstrong once stated that Wilson should ‘stay away’ from Strickland.

Colin Strickland is a RedBull Athlete – Photo: RedBull Content Pool

Details of the murder
Security cameras would have confirmed Strickland’s history. According to police reports, this shows that Strickland actually handed over Wilson and then drove away. One minute after Wilson enters a friend’s house, a car shows up on security cameras that match the type of car Kaitlin Armstrong owns. The vehicle stops at the house where Wilson is currently staying. Wilson’s girlfriend even came home late and found her shot in the house. He immediately alerted the emergency services, but without success. Wilson died on the spot.

Armstrong – a real estate agent and yoga teacher by profession – quickly came into the picture and was arrested. However, it was done on an illegal basis so Armstrong was free to go. She did so the moment the police confronted her with the security cameras. After Strickland was also heard, Armstrong – with whom he also lived again – was identified as the main suspect. However, she has been on the run since her release. Strickland had last contact with Armstrong on May 13th. Since then, there has been no trace of her, and police are looking for witnesses to tell where she is.

Strickland told police he bought Armstrong a gun between December and January. With a search warrant, police were able to confiscate the gun. The murder weapon used to kill Wilson shows “significant potential” after ballistic investigations with the firearm seized after Strickland’s statement. Sleeves found next to Wilson’s body are very similar to the bullets coming from Armstrong’s firearms.

Opinion Strickland
Strickland was one of the favorites for Gravel Locos and also Unbound Gravel next month. In a announcement He commented on this bizarre murder case: “There is no way to express the regret and torture I feel for my closeness to this horrific crime. I’m sorry I just can not understand the unimaginable tragedy. Although it will be a small consolation for anyone who cares mo I would like to announce that I have fully cooperated with the investigators since I heard the terrible news, and I will continue to do so until some form of justice is served.

To clarify previously reported facts, Moriah Wilson and I had a brief romantic relationship from late October to early November 2021, which lasted about a week while Wilson visited Austin. At the time, she and I had both recently ended relationships. She returned to her home in California, and about a month later, Kaitlin Armstrong and I reconciled and resumed our relationship. Since then, I often saw Mo at bike events, always in public. We have both competed in competitions in Bentonville, AR, Stillwater and Monterrey CA. We also met for a four-hour training trip in Santa Cruz after the Sea Otter Classic in Monterrey.

After our brief relationship in October 2021, we did not have a romantic relationship, just a platonic and professional relationship. It was not my intention to pursue an extra romantic relationship that would mislead anyone. Moriah and I were both leaders in this lonely, niche cycling sport, and I admired her immensely and considered her a good friend. I deeply mourn her loss. “

Wilson’s family has also responded to her death in a statement. VeloNews published another interview with. in the morning of the day she died mo Wilson. It can be read here.

Strickland after Rio Grande Gravel in Marfa, Texas, four days before the murder – Photo: RedBull Content Pool

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