Crucial clues show Kaitlin Armstrong WANTED to be found after running away for ‘murder’ in love triangle, friend says

KAITLIN Armstrong was asking to be arrested after concocting a ‘crazy’ plan to hide from the police at a yoga retreat in Costa Rica after allegedly shooting her love rival, a friend says.

The 34-year-old, who has been charged with the murder of Moriah Wilson, was arrested at Don Jon’s Surf and Yoga Lodge in Santa Teresa on June 30 after 43 days on the run.

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Kaitlin Armstrong is pictured during a four-week yoga teacher training course in Bali around 2018Credit: The US Sun
Four years later, she is accused of having killed her love rival in a jealous rage

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Four years later, she is accused of having killed her love rival in a jealous rageCredit: Police Document
That rival was 25-year-old cyclist Moirah Wilson, who was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in an East Austin apartment on May 11.

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That rival was 25-year-old cyclist Moirah Wilson, who was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in an East Austin apartment on May 11.Credit: Instagram

Investigators said they used “old-fashioned” police techniques to track down Armstrong, noting that she had attended numerous yoga classes in Costa Rica, which created a paper trail to follow.

Armstrong had even filled the reception and occasionally taught Vinyasa yoga classes at Don Jon’s Lodge in the weeks before his arrest.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla told a press conference earlier this month that Armstrong was “really trying to build something where she could teach yoga over there in Costa Rica.”

A former friend of Armstrong, who studied yoga alongside him during a crash course in Bali, Indonesia, in 2018, told the US Sun the accused murderer was “stupid” to believe that she could start her life over in the bustling tourist center of Santa Teresa.

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Yoga instructor is brought back to Austin to face murder charges

“It’s kind of weird what she did,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

“I mean, she obviously put a lot of thought into it, but at the same time, it’s like you’re going to run away, go to Panama, Cuba, where you can’t be extradited or something.”

The source added that they were “very, very surprised” where Armstrong decided to hide and try to evade capture.

“If you were a smart person on the run, you would hibernate for a long time – a long time, but the more I think about it, the crazier it all gets.

“It’s crazy to have potentially murdered someone and then go straight back to a bustling city – a bustling tourist town – and teach yogas as if nothing had happened.

“That’s crazy.”

“UNRECOGNIZABLE” ARMSTRONG

By the time Armstrong was found by police, she had drastically altered her appearance, dyeing her long reddish-blond hair a shade of dark brown and cutting it to shoulder length, and reportedly shelled out over $6,000 for a nose job.

She also allegedly used several different aliases – Beth, Liz and Ari Martin – and traveled to the tropical Central American nation with the fraudulent use of a passport believed to belong to her younger sister, Christine Armstrong.

The US Sun’s source, who hasn’t seen Armstrong in four years, said they probably wouldn’t have recognized her if they had passed her on the street.

“I don’t think I would have recognized her right away – I probably would have scratched my head if I had seen her,” they said.

“If I hadn’t known all of this happened, I wouldn’t have recognized her at all.”

The source spent four weeks with Armstrong during a retreat in Canggu, Bali, in January 2018, to learn how to become a Vinyasa yoga instructor.

In an initiation ceremony during the 200-hour course, Armstrong tearfully told the circle of 25 other attendees that she decided to run away to Bali because she wanted to “change something about her.”

Armstrong never divulged what that something was, but the participant told the US Sun that her reasoning for attending the class was more “sensitive” and “sad” than most.

“You could tell that some people weren’t really happy with their current situation at home – and she was one of them,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

“The way she spoke, you could tell she wanted to improve [herself].

“But her soul…she had this soft side. She didn’t want to have that pain inside and she was looking for refuge or change or healing to try to eliminate [her] inner struggle.”

CAUSE A SCENE

For most of the class, Kaitlin – although never short of a smile – was described as quiet and reserved, speaking only when she needed to speak.

And while she was friendly with everyone in her class, she didn’t seem to form any close or lasting friendships.

“I think she was more lonely in that regard,” the source said.

“She didn’t stand out and she didn’t want to; she just sort of stayed to herself.”

The source added that they never really “clicked” with Armstrong during the entire month they were together.

Any chance of forming a bond was blocked, they said, after an incident involving Armstrong at a group dinner one evening early in the trip.

“We were all together, a group of us, maybe seven of us, and we had gone out to dinner and returned to one of the guys in the group house he had rented.

“She had a kind of minor panic attack because she had a little allergic reaction to some food…she really overreacted.”

Armstrong is pictured enjoying a night out in Bali during the 2018 trip

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Armstrong is pictured enjoying a night out in Bali during the 2018 tripCredit: The US Sun
Armstrong appeared to have 'pain behind her eyes' when she arrived for the four-week course

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Armstrong appeared to have ‘pain behind her eyes’ when she arrived for the four-week courseCredit: The US Sun
Armstrong was charged with first degree murder

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Armstrong was charged with first degree murderCredit: The US Sun
However, the US Sun's source says she was still smiling and seemed to be in good shape at the end of the trip.

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However, the US Sun’s source says she was still smiling and seemed to be in good shape at the end of the trip.Credit: The US Sun

After a small rash appeared on his chest, the generally calm Armstrong began hyperventilating and shaking in what the source considered an unnecessary fit of hysteria.

“[It] seemed like a bit of an overreaction to what was happening,” they said.

“She was quite anxious…just sort of shaking and breathing heavily.

“It was just pointless to react like that… everyone knew what was going on.

“It was, you know, quite a scene.”

Armstrong eventually calmed down “slowly” after being given an antihistamine and addressing the group in calm, soothing tones.

Considering herself a “drama-free person,” the source spent the rest of the trip keeping Armstrong at bay.

“After that night, she overreacted…I never really clicked with her that well compared to the other people on the course.

“I never really had deep conversations with her, I had a hard time…it was just because of all the vibes I felt that night.”

‘PAIN AND SUFFERING’

After finishing in Bali, Armstrong returned to the United States to resume her job as a real estate agent in Austin, Texas.

Besides seeing a few updates from time to time on Armstrong’s Instagram, the source wouldn’t hear from her again for four years when she was announced as a suspect in the murder of Moriah “Mo” Wilson.

Wilson, a 25-year-old cycling star, was shot dead in Austin on May 11 shortly after going out to dinner with Armstrong’s boyfriend, Colin Strickland.

Armstrong was questioned by police the day after the fatal shooting and later sold her car before fleeing to New York on May 14 – three days before a warrant was issued for her.

She then fled for 43 days, boarding a United Airlines flight to San Jose, Costa Rica, using a ‘fraudulent passport’ where she underwent plastic surgery to alter her appearance and hid in a hostel surfing and yoga at $50 per night. at Saint Therese.

Kaitlin was one of the quietest members of the group in Bali, speaking only when she had to.

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Kaitlin was one of the quietest members of the group in Bali, speaking only when she had to.Credit: The US Sun
After finishing in Bali, Armstrong returned to the United States to resume her job as a real estate agent in Austin, Texas.

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After finishing in Bali, Armstrong returned to the United States to resume her job as a real estate agent in Austin, Texas.Credit: The US Sun
It's unclear when she started dating Colin Strickland, the man at the center of the so-called love triangle murder

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It’s unclear when she started dating Colin Strickland, the man at the center of the so-called love triangle murderCredit: The US Sun
Colin Strickland is pictured at his residence in Austin, Texas on June 15, 2022

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Colin Strickland is pictured at his residence in Austin, Texas on June 15, 2022Credit: MEGA for The US Sun

The US Sun’s source said they were stunned to learn the sweet-but-gentle aspiring yoga teacher they met four years earlier was now a full-fledged fugitive on the run for murder.

“It was a bit of a ‘Woah’ moment…just shock and confusion,” they said, adding that they were alerted to Armstrong’s fugitive status by another Bali retreat attendee.

“Everyone is basically capable of killing someone…but I didn’t think, you see someone at a yoga class and they’re a killer just because they have pain inside of them or a bit of sadness in his eyes… it didn’t cross my mind [that she’d ever allegedly do such a thing].

“You have to feel a lot of pain and a lot of suffering…there has to be something wrong with you to potentially do something like this and plan for it as well.”

‘A TRAGEDY’

Armstrong’s classmate from Bali said she is now completely unrecognizable from the person they met four years ago – in more ways than one.

“I see this as a tragedy for everyone involved,” they said.

“[Kaitlin] must have gone through internal battles that we have no idea about, and accumulated with a moment of madness, jealousy, rage and all [else].”

The source provided the US Sun with never-before-seen photos of Kaitlin during their four-week course.

Thinking back to the images of her now is “heartbreaking,” the source said.

“It’s heartbreaking that someone is now in this position. Do I feel sorry for her? Yes, I do.

“But at the same time, she shouldn’t have done what she did.

“It’s very s**ty what she did, take someone’s life and now she has to face the consequences.”

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Armstrong is currently being held in the Travis County Jail, where she is being held for first degree murder and first degree larceny of service.

His bail was set at $3.5 million.

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