As police look for a suspect, the mystery of the star cyclist's murder grows.
Anna Moriah Wilson was killed, and the police are looking for Kaitlin Marie Armstrong. Both women were dating the same man, according to the police.
This month, a rising cycling star who was in Texas for a race was found shot to death in Austin. This shocked the close-knit off-road biking and racing community.
Investigators started to piece together what happened that night with the help of surveillance video, a regretful interview with another professional cyclist she had been seeing, and eventually ballistics. Now, U.S. Marshals are helping the police look for a woman who is suspected of killing Anna Moriah Wilson, who was 25 years old.
Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, who was 34 years old, was dating Colin Strickland, who was 35 and also a top gravel cyclist. Gravel cycling is a sport that combines mountain biking and road cycling. The police said that Ms. Wilson and Mr. Strickland had also been in a relationship.
The police said that on the night of May 11, Ms. Wilson's friend went back to her house in Austin, where she had been staying, and found her bleeding and unconscious. The friend then called 911.
The police said that Ms. Wilson, who was known as Mo, was pronounced dead soon after. During the first part of the investigation, it was found that Ms. Wilson had been shot more than once inside her home, and that the shooting did not seem to be random.
A police report posted by The Austin American-Statesman says that Ms. Wilson and Mr. Strickland went to the Deep Eddy pool in Austin on the night she was killed.
Mr. Strickland told the police that he dropped Ms. Wilson off at her friend's house but didn't go inside. According to the affidavit, he told the police that he dated Ms. Wilson in October while he was taking a one- or two-week break from his three-year relationship with Ms. Armstrong.
The affidavit said that Mr. Strickland bought two 9 mm handguns in December or January, one for himself and one for Ms. Armstrong. The affidavit said that when police looked at Ms. Armstrong's gun, which they found at Mr. Strickland's house, they found that it had a "significant" chance of being the same one that killed Ms. Wilson.
The affidavit said that an hour before Ms. Armstrong's friend called 911, a Jeep Grand Cherokee that looked like Ms. Armstrong's car was seen in front of Ms. Wilson's home in Austin. The police said Ms. Armstrong did not say why her car was near where the shooting happened.
The affidavit said that the day after Ms. Wilson's body was found, the police took Ms. Armstrong into custody on a warrant for an unspecified misdemeanor. They were then told that the warrant was not valid, and Ms. Armstrong was told she could leave if she wanted to.
Requests for more information from the Austin police were not answered right away. Emails asking Mr. Strickland and his sponsor, Red Bull, for comments were not answered. No one could get in touch with Ms. Armstrong.
The affidavit said that a caller who didn't give their name gave the police a tip. The person who called said that Ms. Armstrong said she wanted to kill Ms. Wilson in January after she found out that Mr. Strickland was dating Ms. Wilson while he was dating Ms. Armstrong.
The affidavit says that Mr. Strickland said he had not talked to Ms. Armstrong since May 13.
In a statement to The American-Statesman, Mr. Strickland said, "I can't say enough about how sorry and upset I am that I was so close to this horrible crime." "I'm sorry, and I just don't understand this terrible tragedy."
Mr. Strickland said that he went out with Ms. Wilson for "about a week" in the fall, but then he got back together with Ms. Armstrong. He said that he and Ms. Wilson didn't date after that, but that they were good friends and worked together. They would often see each other at cycling events.
The affidavit says that he said Ms. Wilson was "the best female cyclist in the United States and maybe the world."
In his statement, Mr. Strickland said, "Moriah and I were both leaders in this lonely, niche sport of cycling. I had a lot of respect for her and thought of her as a close friend." "Her death hurts me very much."
In May, Ms. Wilson told VeloNews, a magazine about competitive cycling, that she had just quit her job at the bike company Specialized to focus on cycling full time. VeloNews said that this year, Ms. Wilson had won ten off-road races.
Cycling magazines said that Ms. Wilson was a rising star in off-road racing, and they pointed out that she had won an 80-kilometer race at the Sea Otter Classic, a cycling festival in Monterey, California, in April.
Betsy Welch, a journalist at VeloNews, said that Ms. Wilson, who was new to gravel racing, had some "pretty significant results" last year. But after a string of high-profile wins this year, she became a well-known name in the sport.
"That's why I wrote so much about her: she kept winning races, and I thought, 'Wow, this is someone to keep an eye on,'" she said. "There aren't that many professionals who do it for a living. She stood out right away."
Ms. Wilson's death sent shock waves through the worlds of mountain biking and gravel racing, and online tributes were made to her.
Rebecca Rusch, a professional cyclist, wrote on Instagram that Ms. Wilson was surrounded by "a bubble of positivity and joy."
Ms. Wilson went to Texas to take part in the 150-mile Gravel Locos race in Hico, which is about 135 miles north of Austin. Marisa Vandersteen Boaz, who won the race, wrote on Instagram that she wished Ms. Wilson had won.
Ms. Boaz said that she did not know Ms. Wilson personally, but that she had been inspired by her.
"I know that everyone who took part did their best, and I think that's what Mo would have wanted," wrote Ms. Boaz.