Police obtain Search Warrant after Mo Wilson Fatally Shot
Police obtain search warrant for a south Austin home in connection with the Moriah Wilson homicide investigation, after SUV identified pulling up at the apartment she was staying at
Anna Moriah Wilson, a 25-year-old Dartmouth graduate and professional gravel cyclist was shot dead in Austin, Texas, days before a race.
Wilson had travelled to Texas to compete at the Gravel Locos held on Saturday in Hico, located between Austin and Dallas.
According to the warrant, Wilson went swimming with a friend that evening and returned to the home after 8:30 p.m. Camera footage from a nearby home showed a vehicle pull up near the house around 8:36 p.m.
The vehicle seen in the footage matched the description of a vehicle found at the South Austin home, the warrant said.
The information was contained in a police affidavit and warrant filed in Austin Municipal Court in connection with the case. No arrests have been made. Wilson was shot multiple times inside a friend’s apartment on Maple Avenue in Austin on the night of May 11, police have said.
Authorities have said the shooting did not appear to be random and that detectives have identified a "person of interest".
The affidavit said the friend told investigators she had picked up Wilson, a Vermont native, from the airport May 10, and that Wilson was in town to compete in a race May 14 in the Dallas area.
The friend, the affidavit said, indicated she left her apartment around 5:30 p.m. on May 11 and later received a text from Wilson who said she was meeting a male friend for a swim. The report names the male friend, but he hasn’t been charged with a crime.
Wilson’s female friend told police she returned to her apartment shortly before 10 that night and saw Wilson lying on the bathroom floor “covered in blood,” said the affidavit. Wilson had apparently accessed the key code to enter her friend’s apartment at 5:55 p.m., the affidavit said.
The code was accessed again at 8:36 p.m., the filing said. A neighbor’s surveillance footage showed an SUV pulling up to the Maple Avenue apartment at that time, and the vehicle resembled an SUV registered to a woman who lives with the male cyclist, according to the affidavit.
Her death sent shock waves through the gravel biking community, where she was reportedly known as "Mo" and had developed a reputation as a rising talent, as well as in her native Vermont.
The U.S. rider has risen to prominence in the North American gravel scene with several big results over the last few years. Wilson recently had become a full-time biker. In 2021, she was second at the iconic Leadville 100 marathon mountain bike race. Wilson started 2022 with a win at the Fuego 80k, the first event in the Life Time Grand Prix series, at Sea Otter one month ago.
Several other wins, at Big Sugar Gravel and the Belgian Waffle Ride, cemented Wilson’s status as one of the top off-road racers in the country.
Online tributes to Wilson poured in from riders and race organizers from all corners of the U.S. race scene.