Instagram Star Alexis Sharkey Found Dead, Mother Demands Answers
Stacey Robinault, the mother of dead Instagram star Alexis Sharkey, believes her daughter’s death was “absolutely foul play.”
On Saturday, the naked body of 26-year-old Alexis was found on the side of an I-10 service road in Houston by a garbage truck driver, three miles away from her apartment. The influencer had gone missing over Thanksgiving weekend, according to KPRC news station.
The mother said to the station, “The way in which she was found – my child would never do that to herself. That doesn’t even make sense. That is absolutely foul play.”
“There is nothing to me that suggests that this was an accident,” Robinault later added. “I believe that in my mother’s gut.”
Robinault learned of her daughter’s disappearance Saturday night, after her body was already found but the family hadn’t been informed yet. Authorities later confirmed the remains belonged to the influencer.
Homicide detectives have been in close contact with Alexis’ family. So far, no cause of death has been announced. Notably, her body was found without any visible wounds.
“When you start to hear these stories and you just know that’s not right, something’s wrong – she’s never that far away from her device,” her mother said.
Friends of Alexis said that the influencer was having issues with her 49-year-old husband, Tom Sharkey, whom she married in December 2019. Additionally, Robinault mentioned that Alexis left her apartment on Friday after an argument.
“Recently, she opened up to us about it and divorce was being filed,” said Tanya Ricardo, one of Alexis’ best friends.
On Sunday, Tom wrote on his Instagram story that he has been cooperating with detectives to solve the case, and also responded to users who accused him of somehow being involved, stating, “I just want to say this! While some of you were posting on social media helping us locate my world! And we appreciate all your help, Love and support! Others were waisting [sic] time talking about other things. Basically crap talk! And if my wife would of [sic] seen this she would be disappointed in your actions! You all should be ashamed of yourselves!”
He added, “I have been assisting the deputies and making phone calls to fine [sic] out what happened to my wife. Next time… stop and think! And realize! You don’t know it all!”
Robinault announced her daughter’s remains were found late Sunday. A few hours before that, she stated Alexis was missing, and didn’t know she was dead. Tom wrote his post late on Sunday, as well, but It’s unclear when or if he was notified of the body being found near his home.
When asked about the timeline discrepancy, the Houston Police Department’s public information officer responded, “That’s why there’s an ongoing investigation going on right now.”