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Police obtain search warrant in Moriah Wilson homicide investigation

Moriah Wilson rides at the front of the women's open field in Monterey, California
Moriah Wilson rides at the front of the women's open field in Monterey, California (Image credit: Life Time Sea Otter Classic/ Life Time Grand Prix)

The Austin Police Department (APD) have obtained a search warrant for a South Austin, Texas, home in connection to the deadly shooting of gravel racer Moriah Wilson, according to a report in the investigative news outlet KXAN (opens in new tab).

Wilson was killed in a shooting at a home in East Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in a case currently under investigation by the APD. 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. Cyclingnews spoke with APD on Thursday and they confirmed the investigation was ongoing.

In the first reports made by CBS Austin (opens in new tab) on Thursday, May 12, an APD spokesperson stated that the victim, unnamed at that time, was found unresponsive in the East Austin home by a friend. In addition, the APD spokesperson said that police were treating the shooting as "suspicious". A separate report by Velonews (opens in new tab) on Friday, May 13, named Wilson as the victim.

On Saturday, May 14, APD published an official report (opens in new tab) to its Facebook channel confirming that on Wednesday, May 11 at approximately 9:56 p.m. it responded to a 9-1-1 dispatch call from a woman who had returned to her East Austin home to find her friend, Wilson, unresponsive.

“Investigators arrived at the scene and discovered a 25-year-old female with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers and EMS performed life-saving measures. However, the victim died from her injuries. The victim is Anna Moriah Wilson. Wilson was pronounced deceased at 10:10 P.M. by Dr. Escott,” according to the APD statement.

“The investigation shows someone shot Wilson inside the home on Maple Ave. Detectives have identified a person of interest. There is no reason to suspect any threats to the public, and the shooting does not appear to be a random act.   

“On May 12, 2022, the Travis County Medical Examiner's conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was a homicide.

“Detectives ask anyone with information or video of the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), the new Crime Stoppers App, and or email APD Homicide at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov. You may remain anonymous. You can also submit tips by downloading APD's mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.

“This case is being investigated as Austin's 27th homicide of 2022.”

Wilson made a lasting impact on the cycling world as the fastest-rising star in gravel racing, not only for her mountain biking and gravel racing strengths but for her friendly and approachable personality. Upon the tragic news of her death, the cycling community paid tribute to Wilson's life and expressed their condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.