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The solid waste department supervisor who discovered social media influencer Alexis Sharkey’s remains last month provided new details about the case, saying her body “was clean” and looked as if “somebody had actually laid her there.”
John Richardson discovered Sharkey’s nude body in some brush along a Houston roadway on Nov. 28 after a garbage truck driver called him to report seeing either a mannequin or body along his route, according to local station KTRK.
“He really didn’t know because he didn’t stop,” Richardson said.
Richardson told the employee to continue on his route and went out to the scene to investigate himself, along with another coworker. When they arrived on Red Haw Street, the pair discovered Sharkey’s naked body.
“I constantly see her lying there. It plays back in my head,” he told the station. “It’s like she just got out of the tub. Her body was clean. There was nothing on her body.”
Richardson said it looked like Sharkey was “in the fetal position” and believed the body had been carefully placed at the location.
“I think somebody actually laid her there,” he said. “They didn’t just throw her out.”
Houston Police have said there had been “no visible wounds” to the body when it was discovered, according to a statement from the department.
Online records from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences indicate that the cause and manner of death in the case are still pending.
A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department told Oxygen.com Wednesday the case remains an “active investigation”; authorities have not said whether they believe foul play is involved in the case.
Those who knew the social media influencer report last hearing from her the night before she was found dead along the roadway.
Tanya Ricardo, a close friend, told KHOU that Sharkey had celebrated Thanksgiving at her house just days earlier. The friends had made plans to watch movies together on Saturday, Nov. 28, but Ricardo became concerned after she was unable to reach her friend.
On Friday, Sharkey’s loved ones held a private viewing in Pennsylvania to remember the 26-year-old, but one notable person—husband Tom Sharkey—was absent from the service, according to KTRK.
Sharkey’s friend Ally Cale told the outlet that Tom Sharkey had not been invited to attend.
“Her family didn’t invite him,” she said. “They didn’t want him there. That’s why it was kept so secret, so he wouldn’t get word about what was going on.”
Sharkey’s friends have described a volatile relationship between Alexis and Tom Sharkey and said that Alexis had been planning to get a divorce before her death.
Cale told KTRK that Sharkey had also purposely chosen not to be at home for Thanksgiving.
“She wanted to be anywhere else but home,” she said. “Her friend opened up her home to her. She said you can have Thanksgiving with us.”
Cale expressed remorse that her friends were not able to do more.
"It hurts my heart that she felt like she couldn't talk to us sooner because maybe this could have been prevented. We could have done a little bit more," she said.
However, Tom Sharkey appeared to dispute the claims of trouble between the pair, describing the couple as having a happy marriage in an earlier interview with KTRK.
“I don’t need to set the record straight,” he told the outlet. “I’ll let it play out the way it is. I know what my life was with my wife.”
He said his wife had been “stressed” before her death and that he had been “the one holding her, cuddling her, and building her back up.”
Tom Sharkey said he had been “destroyed” by her death and was cooperating with homicide detectives looking into his wife’s case.
He told the outlet he believed police were “going to find everyone that was involved.”
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