Travis County Jail
It took a six-hour drive through Costa Rica for Kaitlin Armstrong to finally admit her identity to authorities.
Armstrong—who had been on the run for 43 days after being accused of fatally shooting a rising professional cyclist in a jealous rage—had a remarkably different look than when she fled Austin, Texas, in May. The once blonde, curly-haired amateur cyclist and yoga teacher now boasted a dark brown bob. Her nose was covered in a bandage from what she claimed was a “surfboard accident” during her stay at Don John’s Lodge in Saint Teresa.
But despite the stark cosmetic changes, fake passports, multiple aliases, and stints in several Costa Rica towns after fleeing the country, Armstrong was finally caught on June 30 thanks to what U.S. Marshals called “old-fashioned police work,” which ended a harrowing case that garnered nationwide attention.
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