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Texas Love Triangle Kaitlin Armstrong murder suspect was trying to establish a new life in Costa Rica, dying and cutting her hair to hide her identity, according to a arrest photo showing her and the US Marshals’ dramatic changes.
Armstrong, 34, was arrested Wednesday in a remote beach town after 43 days on the run for the alleged murder of her rival, Moriah “Mo” Wilson, who police believe was an affair with her boyfriend Colin Strickland.
The reservation photo released by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública de Costa Rica shows Armstrong from behind wearing a pair of orange shorts and t-shirt, and editing her newly dyed brown padlock, as she is pressured. escorted to a prison cell.
Wilson, 25, one of the country’s top cyclists, was shot dead May 11 in Austin after she went to dinner with fellow cyclist Strickland – believed to be standing behind Armstrong.
Armstrong was questioned and released on May 12 – then fled to New York and eventually to Costa Rica, using a passport that was not hers, where she settled at a Santa Teresa Beach motel in Provincia de Puntarenas, authorities said.
“We know she’s in Costa Rica, where she thinks it’s a safe haven, where she’s been trying to establish some kind of lifestyle,” US Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla told Good Morning America. Friday in an interview.
“She cut her hair a little short, about shoulder length. She dyed it dark brown. She had some sort of bandage on her nose with some sort of bruise fixed under her eyes.”
He continued, “She’s trying to establish a different kind of life.” Officials say the type of yoga she is taking has some connection to surfing, and it appears she wants to start teaching.
Armstrong was arrested after local police in Costa Rica did a background check on the name she gave them during a stopover in town and found no record of her entry into the country, according to the website. Daily mail.
She later admitted her real name, which officials found in a database that revealed there was a high-priority arrest warrant for her, according to the news site.
US police chiefs said they learned Armstrong was in Costa Rica after receiving dozens of tips.
She boarded a United Airlines flight May 18 from Newark Liberty International Airport to San José, the country’s capital, authorities said.
“The police department elevated the Kaitlin Armstrong investigation to a major case at the outset of this investigation, potentially playing a key role in her arrest,” said the U.S. Sheriff for the District. West Texas Susan Pamerleau said in a statement announcing the arrest. “This is an example of combining the resources of local, state, federal and international authorities to capture a violent fugitive, end the fugitive, and hopefully a feeling close to the victim’s family.”
Wilson was visiting Texas before a cycling competition and met Strickland for a swim and dinner at a Pool Burger before returning to her friend’s apartment, where she was staying. Moments after Wilson dropped her off, Armstrong’s SUV appeared on surveillance video outside, according to police.
Armstrong allegedly used a pistol that Strickland bought her earlier this year to blast Wilsonunder o arrest warrant.
The next day, she sold her black Jeep Grand Cherokee to a nearby CarMax dealer for $12,200 and flew to New York, the Marshals said.
A tipper called police on May 14 to report that Armstrong “became angry and trembled with anger” after discovering Strickland was allegedly having an affair with Wilson.
Strickland stated in an interview with Sun that he flirted with Wilson in October 2021 during the breakup of his relationship with Armstrong, his live-in girlfriend. But then they reconciled and his relationship with Wilson was purely platonic, he said.
Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.