Alexis Sharkey: Texas Instagram influencer's husband prevented her mom from seeing daughter's body for 2 weeks
'I didn’t think I was gonna get her, and I had actually given up hope,' said Alexis Sharkey's mother Stacey Robinault
The mother of late Instagram model Alexis Sharkey, 26, revealed that she had to "fight" with her daughter's husband just to see her daughter's body. Stacey Robinault shared that she had told her 49-year-old son-in-law, Tom Sharkey, that she wanted to bring Sharkey's body back to Pennsylvania. Sharkey had vanished on November 27 after which her nude body had been found "carefully placed" on the side of the road in Houston, Texas, less than 24 hours later.
Initially, Robinault said Tom had been alright with the plan to bring Alexis home but eventually stopped responding to her altogether. While speaking to local news station KRIV, "As her husband, he would have primary custody of what determined what happened with her, and he had said all along that he was willing to let her come home."
Robinault shared that Tom cut off communication and eventually, the medical examiner made her the next of the kin. "I didn’t think I was gonna get her, and I had actually given up hope, when all of the sudden the forensics lab called me. It just was a very strange – I’d almost call it ‘fight’ to get her," Robinault added. Alexis' mother was holding a "very private" viewing in Houston last Friday for "the very closest of family" as well as some of her daughter's friends.
It is not known what happened to Alexis' body after last week's viewing. KRIV reported that an autopsy report has not yet been released as investigators are still awaiting a toxicology report. We had earlier reported that Alexis who hailed from a Houston resident had been found dead at around 8.30 am on Saturday, November 28, morning less than 24 hours after she was last seen. According to the Houston Police Department and KHOU 11.
Sharkey's nude body had no visible wounds when she was found on the side of the 1-10 service road close to a four-star hotel around three miles from her apartment. Sharkey described herself as a "mentor" whose name was actually Alexis Robinault.
Reports say that a sanitation worker who discovered the body of Alexis reportedly told his supervisor that it appeared as if she was carefully placed there and believed it was 'a mannequin'. John Richardson, a supervisor for Houston’s Solid Waste Department, told ABC13 that a garbage collector called him after finding Sharkey’s body last month. "(The employee) called me and said, 'Man, I think see a body but I'm for not sure, or a mannequin or something,'" said Richardson. "He really didn't know because he didn't stop."
According to the Daily Beast, Alexis had reportedly told her friends that Tom had been abusing her during a trip in early November. She had also claimed that she was divorcing him. A friend shared, "Throughout the trip, he 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 black out and wake up on the bathroom floor every single time."