Who Killed Instagram Influencer Alexis Sharkey?

Things aren’t always what they look like on social media.

Alexis Sharkey, whose body was found on the side of a Houston road after she was reported missing, died of strangulation, according to the medical examiner.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences revealed the cause of death on Tuesday, nearly two months after the Instagram influencer was found dead near a section of Interstate 10, roughly 17 miles west of downtown Houston.

The manner of death was ruled a homicide, the medical examiner’s report states.

Sharkey, who also went by the last name Robinault, went missing just after Thanksgiving. According to NBC affiliate KPRC-TV, Sharkey’s mother said she learned the news after receiving a phone call from her daughter’s husband and friends.

One friend said, ‘I ran over to her apartment and she’s not there, and we were supposed to meet up,’” Stacy Clark Robinault told the outlet. “When you start to hear these stories and you just know that’s not right, something’s wrong.”

The influencer was found dead on Nov. 28. Detectives said she was discovered naked on a road a few miles from her apartment by a sanitation worker, KPRC reports.

Sharkey, who was popular on Instagram, moved to Houston last January shortly after she got married, Stacy Clark Robinault previously told NBC News. During one of the last phone conversations they had, the two made plans to spend Christmas together.

“We were greatly looking forward to this Christmas,” she said. “She was trying to book flights.”

Stacy Clark Robinault said dealing with her daughter’s death has not been easy, but the mysterious circumstances around it have made things that much more difficult.

“In the way in which she was discovered, there was no accident in that whatsoever,” she said. “I absolutely believe that she was murdered.”

So far, police have not made any arrests in Sharkey’s death. Stacy Clark Robinault urged anyone who may have information to come forward “so this can be solved so she can have that justice.”

“We were greatly looking forward to this Christmas,” she said. “She was trying to book flights.”

Stacy Clark Robinault said dealing with her daughter’s death has not been easy, but the mysterious circumstances around it have made things that much more difficult.

“In the way in which she was discovered, there was no accident in that whatsoever,” she said. “I absolutely believe that she was murdered.”

By the summer of 2019, Tom and Alexis were already engaged and they decided to move to Colorado. They traveled all around the area and they looked really happy and in love. A few months later, they got married in December 2019 and moved once more to Houston, Texas.

Yet again, Alexis was quick to make friends at a new place. She formed a loyal group of girlfriends she met through a mobile app and they all loved spending time together. They also started a group chat to keep in touch where Alexis was reportedly pretty active. This small detail would later play an important part in the investigation.

Life Beyond the Lens

Although she was newly married, Alexis rarely took Tom to her friends’ gatherings. In fact, she didn’t even talk much about him while she was with them. Then November 2020 came along and things sadly took a deadly turn.

At the beginning of the month, Alexis went to Tulum, Mexico, with her friends and, surprisingly, Tom didn’t join her. When she came back, she started making her holiday plans as Thanksgiving was right around the corner. She spoke to her mom on the phone and told her that she won’t be going home for Thanksgiving but that she would certainly visit for Christmas. Her family thought it was really weird that Alexis had stopped visiting as often as she once did. In fact, it had been almost a year since they last saw her. Nevertheless, they were excited to see her in December. Little did they know that would never happen.

Thanksgiving 2020

A few days before she was murdered, on Thanksgiving morning (November 26th), Alexis briefly texted with her mom. They wished each other happy Thanksgiving and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. However, instead of spending the holiday with her husband Tom, Alexis actually went over to her friend Tanya’s house to celebrate with her girlfriends. She stayed there until around 12 AM when a friend picked her up and to go to a bar where they stayed until about 3 AM.

Alexis then texted Tanya that she would come back to her place to grab her things but since Tanya was already asleep, she didn’t respond. Either way, Alexis went back to her friend’s house to get her car and allegedly went home.

The next day, November 27th, was Black Friday which meant it would be a busy day for Alexis and Monat. Her colleagues started sharing their sales posts early in the morning but Alexis was oddly silent which was especially weird since she was the one who was always encouraging people to use social media for sales.

At around 5:30 PM there was a text message in the group chat sent from Alexis’s phone. She wanted to go out in the evening and was asking about her friends’ plans. Because it was Thanksgiving weekend, however, the girls were already busy so they made plans to meet the next day for a girls’ night. Those brief group chat messages were the last time anyone heard from Alexis.

She didn’t post anything on social media the entire time.

Where Did Alexis Go?

A few hours later around 11 PM, Tom texted one of Alexis’ friends’ boyfriend (John) to ask if he had heard from Alexis. Not wasting precious time texting, John immediately called Tom. That’s when Tom told him that Alexis was missing and that the two of them had gotten into a fight before she stormed out their house barefoot and he hadn’t seen her since. She had climbed over the fence and there was a black car that had picked her up.

That phone call lasted 45 minutes during which time Tom told John everything that allegedly happened before Alexis left their home. Fun fact: Tom would later change his story several times throughout the investigation. At some point, he told police that Alexis was wearing sweats and running shoes when she left the house. In one version, he said she left her phone behind, and in another, he said she took it with her and he used an app to track her down. He had followed her around in a black car until he eventually lost signal. Hmm…

The whole time that they spoke on the phone, John felt like something was off.

From Disappearance to Murder

After failing to find her, Tom said he pulled into a gas station to clear his head, calm down, and plan his next move. He reportedly stayed there for two hours before he started calling people asking about Alexis.

The next day, her friends started texting in the group chat to make plans for their girls’ night. Everyone was active except for Alexis and that got her friends worried. When they saw that she hadn’t been posting anything on social media, they were alarmed but it wasn’t until Alexis didn’t show up for their movie date that they realized something was wrong. It wasn’t like her to skip out on plans.

They ended up calling Alexis’s mother who already knew her daughter was missing as she had been on the phone with Tom. Her friends eventually filed a missing person’s report and started posting on social media hoping to find Alexis.

Sadly, at the same time as her friends and family were looking for Alexis, her naked body had already been found dead by Houston city workers, dumped by the side of a service road just a few miles from her home. When Tom was brought in to identify the body, her family still had hope Alexis was alive because her phone was still on. Unfortunately, Tom confirmed the body belonged to his wife, Alexis Sharkey.

Alexis was dead, there were no signs of struggle on her body and there was no apparent cause of death. At this time, it wasn’t clear how she died, and it wouldn’t be until January 2021, two months after her death, that the medical examiner would conclude she died by strangulation.

Did the Husband Do It?

Shortly after news of her death started circling around, details of her relationship with Tom came to light. One of Alexis’s friends came forward saying that things weren’t going well in that marriage. Alexis had allegedly told her that her marriage was failing and she was afraid for her life. According to that friend, Alexis seemed “petrified.”

It soon became clear that Alexis was planning to divorce Tom and that the couple had even split their bank accounts shortly before she went missing. The divorce papers were allegedly drawn up and ready to be signed as well. But that’s not all…

There Was Another Man In the Picture

On her trip to Tulum at the beginning of November, Alexis met this guy named Sebastian. He was a Houston-based DJ and the two really hit it off. Her friends gave mixed statements as to whether Alexis and Seb hooked up or not during that trip, but they all agreed there was definitely something going on between them.

In fact, it was Sebastian who picked Alexis up after the Thanksgiving dinner with her friends and took her to a bar until 3 AM. Were they already dating or just hanging out? No one knows.

An Ongoing Investigation

After the coroner’s office confirmed Alexis had been strangled, investigators began looking more into Tom and his past trying to find clues as to whether he did it or not. In the only interview he gave to the press, Tom said that Alexis wasn’t who everyone else thought she was. To others, she was happy and carefree, but with him, she was stressed and worried, and he often had to comfort and bring her back up. He also said he told her not to drive intoxicated (when talking about the night he last saw her). He denied that they had gotten into a fight that night.

Electronic forensics will play a major role in the investigation as police were actively looking into the devices of everyone who communicated with Alexis in her last days to try and put together a timeline of what really happened.

Unsurprisingly, the strongest theory is that Tom killed Alexis which many of her friends believe to be true. They came forward saying that Alexis would often confide in them about her husband and his abusive, controlling, and manipulative nature. He’d sometimes strangle her for fun, and many speculate that this may have been the case when she died (especially if it was a sexual thing for them) — they think he may have gone too far.

Of course, Tom has denied these accusations, including the part about their divorce, and that’s pretty much where the investigation is at right now. There are other theories as well. Some think her friends did it and others believe the DJ may have done it, but the main suspect continues to be Tom.

Personally, I also think the husband did it. Not so much because of the accusations of Alexis’s friends, but more so because of how often he has changed his story about what happened. An innocent man would have no problem remembering the truth. Plus, she didn’t fight her killer which means she must have known him. Still, Tom is innocent until proven guilty.

What do you guys think happened?

for me i think it is becoming all too common that husbands are killing there successful wives is it jealousy or something else? im not sure if her husband did it but what i do know is that he is looking very suspicious

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