New information has been released on the case of social media influencer Alexis Sharkey’s death.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences confirmed on Tuesday that Alexis was strangled to death, according to the autopsy report, ruling her death as a homicide.
The 26-year-old influencer had moved to Houston in January 2020 before she was found dead on November 28, 2020, on the side of Red Haw Street in west Houston. Her family members said she had gone missing on November 27 as her friends and followers sent several concerned messages to ABC13.
It was on the morning of Saturday, November 28, that an employee of City of Houston public works, saw feet in the bushes while driving in the 1000 block of Red Haw, as per HPD detectives. The employee called John Richardson (a supervisor in the City of Houston’s Solid Waste Department) to inform him that he might have seen a body while passing by. John went to look in the place for himself to find Alexis’ naked body.
After Alexis’ body was discovered, her mother, Stacey Robinault told ABC13 that she knew her daughter was murdered.
“I do believe she was murdered. From what I’ve been able to gather as well as a mother’s gut. I learned very young as a mom to trust my gut. It’s not let me down.” - Stacey Robinault
Alexis’ Husband and Friends' Final Days With Her
Alexis’ husband, Tom Sharkey, talked about the last time he saw her - he warned her not to drive under the influence. Tom admitted that he “wasn’t happy” and “was stressed” before her death but denied any allegations about their marriage being unstable.
“There’s always other sides to everything. I was the one holding her, cuddling her, and building her back up. 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.” - Tom Sharkey
On the other hand, three of Alexis’ close friends, Lauren Breaux, Ally Cale, and Courtney Ehninger, revealed that she feared for her life weeks before her disappearance - they believed she was murdered as well.
“I’m going to be honest, she confided in me about how worried she was for her safety when we went to Marda, Texas, almost a month ago. We were sitting down at dinner and she lost it. We walked back to our hotel room and she confided in me that night in things. I looked at her (and thought), ‘She’s petrified. This girl is scared for her life.’” - Lauren Breaux
According to ABC13 reports, the three women never disclosed who Alexis was afraid of, so as to not compromise the homicide investigation.