Kaitlin Armstrong, the woman wanted in connection in the killing of Moriah Wilson, “is still alive” according to a US Marshals spokesperson on Tuesday. According to Fox News, the spokesperson said that Armstrong sold her black Jeep Grand Cherokee to an Austin-based car dealer for $12,200 one day before she left the state, which is far below the book value. The dealer is now selling Jeeps similar to Armstrong’s for well over $30,000. The spokesperson also said that Armstrong has been charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Wilson was murdered on May 11. After an arrest warrant was issued for Armstrong, she disappeared and hasn’t been seen since May 18, when she was spotted in New Jersey.
Lenny DePaul, former commander of the US Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force, told Fox News that agents are using “a variety of different methodologies” in their efforts to locate and capture Armstrong. He believes that as a result of their investigation it would mean they would also know that she is very much alive.
“They’re obviously looking at everybody, especially their trusted circle of friends is important,” DePaul said. “Who’s who in the zoo, we like to say. Maybe there is somebody cooperating that is passing on the appropriate intel to the investigator.”
Furthermore, the fact that US Marshals are confident she is alive, means they know something they aren’t yet disclosing. “To make a statement like that..well, obviously, they know some things,” DePaul said. “They’re connecting those dots,” he said. “They’re looking at a variety of things, that digital footprint, is she using a different name? Did she get out of the country somehow? Is she bedded down?”
The latest development involves a LinkedIn account, which may point to her location. An account that appears to be linked to Armstrong is listed as a partner at a yoga studio in Bali, Indonesia. Some have speculated she would flee to a country where there was a no-extradition policy.
DePauls says however, even if she tried to use an alias, as was previously speculated, she would likely be unknowingly laying tracks that the authorities could find.
“And the relationships that the U.S. Marshals Service has, not only with our international branch, but with all other countries that we have extradition treaties with, and folks that are on the ground, from the U.S. Marshals and other agencies around the globe,” DePaul said. “I know the appropriate lookouts are in place.”