The Instagram influencer found dead on the side of a Texas road ‘had no demons’ and told friends a month ago that she feared for her life, they said Wednesday.
Alexis Sharkey, 26, was found ‘with no visible signs of injury’ by city workers in Houston on Saturday. She had been missing since Black Friday.
Her husband of a year Tom, 49, told KTRK-TV on Tuesday that she was not the outgoing, bubbly person that she appeared to be on social media, calling her ‘stressed and unhappy’.
But her friends Lauren Breaux, Ally Cale, and Courtney Ehninger on Wednesday told ABC17: ‘She had no demons. She didn’t have demons and I know that is what people are speculating and that’s not what it was.
‘She was literally one of the people that I think had the most life in her.’
Police are now said to be looking into her marriage and her home life in the weeks before her death. A photo, reported by KHOU to be one of the last known images of Alexis before her death shows her smiling with two friends.
A photo, believed to be the last known image of Alexis, right, shows her smiling with friends
Her friends Lauren Breaux, Ally Cale, and Courtney Ehninger on Wednesday told ABC17 : ‘She had no demons. She didn’t have demons and I know that is what people are speculating and that’s not what it was. ‘She was literally one of the people that I think had the most life in her’
Alexis, who had more than 21,000 followers on Instagram, regularly shared updates about her life, most recently a trip to Mexico.
Her friends say it was on this trip that she confided she feared for her life.
Breaux said: ‘We don’t know what happened. We obviously have had ideas. We believe she was murdered, absolutely.
‘I’m going to be honest, she confided in me about how worried she was for her safety when we went to Marfa, Texas almost a month ago.
‘We were sitting down at dinner and she lost it. We walked back to our hotel room and she confided in me that night in things. I looked at her [and thought], ‘She’s petrified. This girl is scared for her life.”
It is not clear who Alexis was scared of in the weeks before her death.
The Instagram influencer found dead on side of Texas road ‘had no demons’ and told friends a month ago that she feared for her life, they said Wednesday
Alexis, second right, had more than 21,000 followers on Instagram and regularly shared updates about her life, most recently a trip to Mexico. Her friends say it was on this trip that she confided she feared for her life
Alexis was said to have been in the process of divorcing her husband, according to friends
Alexis Sharkey, 26, was found ‘with no visible signs of injury’ by city workers in Houston on Saturday after they spotted feet in bushes, pictured
A Houston Police Department spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy that they expect will shed more light on how Alexis died.
One friend, Tanya Ricardo, who had spent Thanksgiving with Alexis, told Khou ‘divorce was being filed’.
But Tom denied that claim and told KTRK-TV Tuesday: ‘She wasn’t happy. She was stressed. I would cuddle her to try to make her strong. She was an amazing woman.
‘Sir, my wife was an amazing woman. She really was. There’s always other sides to everything. I was the one holding her, cuddling her, and building her back up.’
Tom added: ‘I don’t need to set the record straight. I’ll let it play out the way it is. I know what my life was with my wife.’
Alexis’ mom Stacey Robinault had earlier said her daughter ‘had an argument’ shortly before she went missing but it is not clear who with.
She maintains that her daughter’s death ‘is absolutely foul play’, adding: ‘There is nothing to me that suggests that this was an accident.’
Robinault said: ‘The way in which she was found, my child would never do that to herself. 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.’
She told ABC13: ‘I do believe she was murdered.’
A Houston Police Department spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy that they expect will shed more light on how Alexis died
Tom Sharkey (left), 49, says he has been getting death threats after the naked body of his wife, Instagram influencer Alexis Sharkey (seen right with Tom), 26, was found on the side of a Houston road on Saturday
Alexis went missing on Friday. Her friends have said that she was abused by her husband and that she had filed for divorce, charges that Tom denies
Tom denied that he argued with his wife the last time they saw each other. He said that just before she disappeared, he urged his wife not to leave their home as she was ‘under the influence,’ though he did not elaborate.
‘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.’
The intense media scrutiny of the case has led people on social media to speculate that Tom was involved in his wife’s death, which he has denied.
‘It’s horrible,’ he said. ‘People are talking tons of crap. I’m getting death threats and stuff.
A friend of Alexis who had been on the vacation to Marfa with Alexis had told The Daily Beast: ‘Throughout the trip, he [Tom] was sending really awful, nasty messages to her.
‘But one night when she and I were talking alone she said, “He strangles me and chokes me out and I blackout and wake up on the bathroom floor every single time”.’
Alexis’ mom Stacey Clark Robinault told Click2Houston her death ‘is absolutely foul play’, adding: ‘There is nothing to me that suggests that this was an accident’
Alexis’ body was found just three miles from friend Tanya Ricardo’s home. The last time they spoke was Friday evening; they had plans to watch movies Saturday
Robinault said her friends last heard from her at 6pm; since then her calls went to voicemail
Two other friends also told The Daily Beast that Alexis complained that her husband hit her and was ‘controlling and manipulative.’
Alexis’ friends said that her behavior changed recently as she was posting less on social media. They also said she wanted to be around her friends more often so as to ‘avoid going home.’
‘I know they were going through some things,’ one of Alexis’ friends, Kendra Martin, told The Daily Beast.
‘She had mentioned being separated even though they were still living in the same apartment.
‘I actually pulled her aside two weeks ago to let her know I’m here for her, and that I know something is going on because her demeanor had changed over the last month.’
The couple got married in December last year and moved to Houston in January. Tom paid tribute, writing: ‘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!’
Alexis spent Thanksgiving with her friend, Tanya Ricardo, who said that she had a great time with her family playing board games and laughing.
She said of her death: ‘I mean, just threw her on the side of the road, naked, like garbage. I just, I don’t get it. No one gets away with something like this. No one.
‘I don’t know who could have done something like this to her. Whoever did this, we’re going to find them. We’re going to do everything it takes. So, everyone can put her to rest in peace.’