The preliminary autopsy results into the suspicious death of a Texas Instagram influencer didn't rule out foul play, according to officials.
It remains unclear if Alexis Sharkey, 26, whose nude body was found alongside a Houston road on Nov. 28, was murdered. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Science said on Thursday that medical examiners who conducted the preliminary autopsy haven’t yet ruled out the possibility of some sort of foul play. A cause or manner of death hasn’t yet been released, and the full results of the autopsy are still pending, according to online records.
Sharkey’s body was found with “no clothing” and no “visible wounds” around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Houston Police said in a statement.
“It’s still an active criminal investigation,” a spokesperson with the Houston Police Department told Oxygen.com.
Authorities, who haven’t commented on the existence of any persons of interest in the case, declined to release additional information. However, the woman’s family remains convinced she was killed.
“The way in which she was found — my child would never do that to herself,” her mother, Stacey Robinault, told KPRC-TV. “That doesn’t even make sense. That is absolutely foul play.
“There is nothing to me that suggests that this was an accident,” she added. “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.”
The family said they’re eagerly awaiting the full autopsy results.
"I don't know why," Robinault said. "The horrific nature of her last moments must've been ... I can't even. I can't even go there."
The grieving mother said her family is “devastated.”
“We are wrecked,” she said. “We are completely wrecked. It’s just so difficult."
Roughly a month before her death, a friend said that Sharkey cryptically admitted she feared for her life during a trip.
"She confided in me that night ... she's petrified," the friend told KTRK. "This girl is scared for her life."
Originally from northwestern Pennsylvania, Sharkey moved to Texas after receiving a biology degree, according to her family. Soon she married and became a social media influencer, where she promoted and sold hair care and beauty products.
“She loved what she did,” Robinault said.
Robinault said the last time she saw her daughter was at Christmas.
In the aftermath of her death, Sharkey’s husband said he’s received a slew of death threats.
"It's horrible,” Tom Sharkey told KTRK. “People are talking tons of crap. I'm getting death threats and stuff. None of that bothers me. What bothers me is that world and everybody in it focuses on all of the stuff that doesn't matter ... should have been focused on finding my wife.”
In an exclusive interview with the Houston outlet, Thomas Sharkey said he’s cooperating with authorities. He insists the couple had a happy marriage and described his wife as his “everything.” They shared a Thanksgiving meal two days before her body was discovered, he said. However, without citing specifics, he claimed that the last time he saw his wife she had gotten behind the wheel after drinking.
“We didn't fight when she left,” he said. “I just told her she couldn't drive under the influence. She left anyhow. This is where we're at."
During the interview, he suddenly hung up on the KTRK reporter as he was speaking.
"I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm not a jerk," said Sharkey. "I'm just destroyed.
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