Instagram model Alexis Sharkey’s husband Tom DENIES him and wife fought before her naked body was found on side of road
INSTAGRAM model Alexis Sharkey’s husband has denied he and his wife fought before her naked body was found on the side of the road.
The newlywed, 26, went missing in Texas on Friday after reportedly having an argument with an as-yet-unidentified person before turning up dead.
Her body was found early on Saturday morning a few miles from her apartment by a garbage truck driver who spotted a pair of feet sticking out from under some bushes.
Friends had last heard from her at around 6pm on Friday, and after that phone calls began going straight to her voicemail.
The influencer – who had 21,000 followers on Instagram – had no visible injuries and her cause of death hasn’t yet been determined.
The Houston Police Department has said investigations into the death are ongoing.
Her husband, Tom Sharkey, 49, denied that he had an argument with his wife to KTRK-TV on Tuesday: “We didn’t fight when she left. I just told her she couldn’t drive under the influence… She left anyhow. This is where we’re at.”
While denying the fight, Tom told the outlet “there’s always other sides to everything.
“I don’t need to set the record straight,” he said. “I’ll let it play out the way it is. I know what my life was with my wife.”
Alexis’ husband Tom – who she married last December before moving to Houston in January – called “her the most amazing woman” in a tribute on social media following the discovery.
Sharing pictures of Alexis in her wedding dress, Tom wrote: “Never seen or felt such beauty! You are my world!
“You made life so incredible! Made sense of my existence! My purpose! And showed me how to truly love!”
On Sunday, Tom took to Facebook to slam those that were “wasting time talking about other things.”
The mother of the Instagram influencer who was found dead in Houston on Sunday is convinced her daughter was murdered.
A maintenance worker found the naked body of Alexis Sharkey, 26, on Saturday, after her husband and friends reported her missing. Officials said her body had been left there overnight.
Stacey Clark Robinault, Sharkey’s mother, confirmed her daughter’s death Sunday on Facebook, close on the heels of her plea for information.
“We are completely wrecked,” Robinault told KPRC-TV on Monday. “The family is just so devastated — her cousins, her sisters, her 13-year-old sister. It’s just so difficult.”
“There is nothing to me that suggests that this was an accident,” Robinault told KPRC from her home in western Pennsylvania, where Sharkey grew up, the eldest of three sisters. “And there’s nothing to me that suggests anything else, other than that this was done to her. And I believe that in my mother’s gut.”
Friends echoed that, given the way that Sharkey was found, they told local media. One friend of Sharkey’s said the influencer had feared for her life, confiding during a trip together that she was “petrified” and “scared for her life,” the friend told KTRK-TV. The friend did not say who Sharkey thought was after her, or why.
Sharkey had moved to Houston with her husband, Tom Sharkey, earlier this year. She grew up in Pennsylvania and was taking a year off after college before applying to medical school, her mother told KPRC.
“I do believe she was murdered,” Robinault told KTRK. “Yes. 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.”
The family is shattered, and still awaiting answers as Sharkey’s cause of death was still pending on Tuesday.
“We’re very broken,” Robinault told KTRK. “We’re very brokenhearted. It’s just painful for someone so bright and having so much to offer … just to be gone, to be snuffed out. I don’t know why. I don’t know why. The horrific nature of her last moments must’ve been … I can’t even. I can’t even go there.”
Friends were equally shocked and devastated. Close friend Tanya Ricardo, who Sharkey spent Thanksgiving with, told KHOU-TV she knew something was amiss when her friend the “social media queen” went more than 12 hours without posting, and no one answered the door at the apartment she shared with her husband, 49. Sharkey had recently told her she was getting divorced.
A woman whose family said she vanished around Thanksgiving was found dead Saturday along the side of an Energy Corridor road, according to police and medical examiner records.
A city employee found the nude body of 26-year-old Alexis Robinault — who relatives also identified as Alexis Sharkey — around 8 a.m. along the 1000 block of Red Haw Lane, near the Interstate 10 frontage road, authorities said. An autopsy has not been finished to determine how she died, officials said.
First responders did not find any visible wounds, police said.
Over the weekend, investigators said the city worker saw the woman’s feet in the bushes while driving by. Authorities said they believed she had been there overnight.
Surveillance footage from a nearby business was being looked at for possible clues into what happened, investigators said.
A woman who identified herself as Robinault’s mother on Saturday night — hours after her body was found — said that she had not been heard from her “for over 24 hours and the police are involved.”
“She has lived in Houston Texas since January and that was where she was last seen,” Stacey Clark Robinault said in a Facebook post.
Alexis Robinault, a 26-year-old Instagram influencer with over 30,000 followers, was found dead off a Houston interstate last week, police said.
Robinault’s body was found Saturday morning on a stretch of road in northwest Houston. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences identified her body, which had no visible injuries, Houston police said in a news release.
Her autopsy is pending, so her cause of death is unknown, police said. The department’s homicide division is investigating her case.
Robinault, who used the name “Alexis Sharkey” on Instagram, shared photos from her travels around Texas and beyond with her followers.
Her mother, Stacey, told CNN affiliate KTRK she hadn’t spoken to her daughter since Thanksgiving, days before her body was found.
Robinault “traveled as much as she could” and dreamed of seeing the world, her mother said. Despite her modest online following, Robinault was never less than her truest self.
“For her integrity, it was just so obvious that what she had out there was who she was and what she believed in,” Stacey Robinault told KTRK.
Alexis was last seen on Thanksgiving at her friend’s house. Her friend, Tanya Ricardo, said that she last spoke to the influencer around 6 p.m. on Friday before Alexis went radio silent. Ricardo stated that it was highly unusual for the social media maven to not respond to messages, noting that “she is attached to her phone. She is a social media queen. She is an influencer. She works from her phone.”
When Alexis was still unresponsive on Saturday, her friends and family all began to worry. Her husband, Tom Sharkey, alerted Alexis’ mother that her daughter had been missing for 24 hours. In response, Stacey Clark Robinault frantically posted on Facebook that her daughter was missing and that she needed help and support to spread the word.
Houston police stated that Alexis’ naked body was found around 8:30 a.m. by a city worker off 1-10 near North Eldridge Parkway in West Houston — three miles from her apartment. Ricardo lamented that the perpetrator, “just threw her on the side of the road, naked, like garbage.” There were no signs of external injuries and police are currently awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Alexis and Tom had moved to Houston in January. Although they were only married for about a year, Ricardo said that the couple had been having issues in their relationship. “Recently, she opened up to us about it and divorce was being filed,” Ricardo revealed. “She is a very private person. She didn’t share a lot about what was going on at home.”
Tom, 49, has shared several posts on Facebook in honor of his wife. In one post, Tom wrote, “My world! My everything! I’m so lost right now! My one and only!” Meanwhile, Alexis’ mother suspects that her daughter 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.”
Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park will host a vigil for Alexis on December 3. Additionally, a GoFundMe campaign was set up in order to raise money for travel and funeral expenses for Alexis’ family, who is based in Pennsylvania.