Kaitlin Armstrong, a 34-year-old yoga teacher from Texas, accused of murdering a love rival in a jealous rage, was eventually sent back to Austin after six days in Costa Rica. She has been charged with first degree murder.
She appeared to have had $6,300 in cosmetic surgery to change her appearance. According to Deputy US Marshal Brandon Filla, she had her hair cut and then dyed a deeper shade than her previous light brown-reddish shade, yet she was captured from a hostel the previous week. He went on to say that she was wearing a bandage around her nose and that the region around her eyes was injured as a result of an alleged surfboard incident.
Armstrong was arrested on July 5, 2022 for the May 11, 2022 murder of 25-year-old Anna Moriah Wilson. Kaitlin Armstrong is also being prosecuted in Travis County, Texas, for an “unnamed first-degree felony and a Class B felony for theft of service equal to or greater than $100 and less than $750” after allegedly skipping a botox of $654 payment at a spa in 2018.
On Saturday, July 2, Armstrong was deported to the United States, and video from that day showed her being escorted by US Marshals from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. She is being held on $3.5 million bail and $3,500 bail for theft.
Kaitlin Armstrong tried to evade capture, which resulted in a month-long search.
The stunning murder, as well as Kaitlin Armstrong’s cunning attempt to evade capture, sparked a worldwide hunt that lasted more than a month and drew national attention. After a falling out with Armstrong, her longtime lover and fellow cyclist Colin Strickland began dating Wilson in October 2021. According to a police affidavit obtained by the Austin-American statesman, Armstrong told a friend she “wanted to kill Wilson” after learning about the affair.
Even when Armstrong and Strickland reconciled, Strickland remained close to Wilson. Although he claimed to deny having any connection with Wilson, he allegedly lied to Armstrong about his whereabouts on May 11 when he met Wilson. Wilson had traveled from San Francisco to Austin to prepare for Gravel Locos, a 150-mile race through Texas.
According to the indictment, Strickland rode a motorcycle to a friend of Wilson’s house, took her to the pool, and then went out to dinner before dropping her off. A vehicle matching Armstrong’s black Jeep Grand Cherokee was sighted approaching the victim’s residence shortly after Wilson was dropped off. Wilson was shot many times in the bathroom of the house. According to the affidavit, she was resuscitated, but it was determined at the scene that she had died.
BREAK: @insideedition saw Kaitlin Armstrong’s passport—along with her sister Christine’s—when we were interviewing people at the hostel in Costa Rica where Kaitlin was arrested yesterday. A receipt for plastic surgery was also allegedly left in a safety deposit box. pic.twitter.com/Y9TRsOETaF
— Trevor Boyer (@trevormail) July 1, 2022
Kaitlin Armstrong was reportedly later questioned about the incident, but she was believed to have been released because the botox tab warrant contained a technical error. Kaitlin Armstrong also sold her jeep for $12,200 and traveled from Austin to New York City around this time. She was sent to Newark Liberty International Airport a few days later when she boarded a flight to Costa Rica with her sister’s passport.