Alexis Sharkey, the social media influencer who died in November, after being found naked in the bushes was strangled to death, according to the medical examiner.
Sharkey, a top Instagram influencer of only 26, was a Texas woman boasting over 71,500 followers. She went missing on November 27after Thanksgiving with friends. Her body, naked, was found by a City Of Houston public works employe — who saw a person’s feet sticking out of the bushes, just off a road.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ruled her death as a homicide, despite the mute side of the Houston Police Department. Authorities said Sharkey’s bodyu was found without visible wounds, however, the auttopsy reveals she died from strangulation.
“The autopsy report will be available after law enforcement concludes its case,” a spokesperson told The Daily Beast.
Friends revealed that Alexis was trying to divorce husband Tom, since the Texas influencer had grown scared from him, according to The New York Post. Alexi’s mother, Stacey Robinault, said in December she had to “fight” Tom for access to her daughter’s body right after Tom had stopped communicating with the family for nearly two weeks, making him into a suspect, according to the outlet.
Sharkey, a rising social media influencer — often called herself as “mentor,” — had a “glamorous” life, according to her Instagram posts. Sharkey was prone to reach health and wellness. Her last Instagram snap was on Nov. 22, where the 26-year-old said she had fallen in love with “the sinks and overall aesthetic” of the popular Mexican vacation destination. Sharkey also had about 57,900 followers on TikTok, where she spent time creating videos about hair care and fashion.
Despite her fully glamorous and positive-biased life on Instagram, the Texas influencer had major issues with her husband Tom, who she married in 2019.
According to PEOPLE, Alexis and Tom Sharkey’s marital life was forecast to reach an end. Although Tom denies divorce rumors, internet soon enough began to point its accusation finger on the man. Tom then took to social media, to clear off all possible accusations, by saying:
“While some of you were posting on social media helping us locate my world, others were wasting time talking about other things,” he wrote on Facebook. “Basically crap talk! You all should be ashamed of yourselves! I have been assisting the deputies and making phone calls to fine [sic] out what happened to my wife. Next time, stop and think! And realize you don’t know it all!”
Friends also claim Tom used to send really awful, nasty text messages to Alexis. But the most concerning par comes when her friend says, “But one night when she and I were talking alone she said, ‘He strangles me and chokes me out and I blackout and wake up on the bathroom floor every single time.’”
However, Tom, the suspected Alexis’ killer and former husband, has ever since denied any fight he may have hled with his late wife, according to the Daily Mail.
“She wasn’t happy. She was stressed. I would cuddle her to try to make her strong. She was an amazing woman. Sir, my wife was an amazing woman. She really was,” Tom Sharkey told the outlet.
The influencer’s mom, who lives in Pennsylvania, told ABC13 she briefly spoke to her daughter the day before Thanksgiving, but that the holiday “was a busy day on her end and our end so it was just one of those passing, type of ‘Love you’ things.”
Sharkey’s friends said they became worried when she stopped responding to messages around 6 p.m. on Nov. 27. Two friends said Tom Sharkey got into an argument with his wife before she went missing, but he denied those claims to ABC13, stating he simply told her “she couldn’t drive under the influence.”
“She left anyhow. This is where we’re at.” Tom Sharkey told ABC13. “I don’t need to set the record straight. I’ll let it play out the way it is. I know what my life was with my wife.”
During the interview, Sharkey also slammed people “talking tons of crap,” saying he has received death threats since his wife’s death garnered national attention. He stressed he’s “not bothered” by the threats and is confident authorities are “going to find everyone that was involved.” “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m not a jerk. I’m just destroyed,” he said.