Alexis Sharkey, the social media influencer who went missing and was then found dead nearby a Texas highway, was strangled to death, authorities said.
The grim update came weeks after Sharkey’s naked corpse was discovered around Thanksgiving, Fox News reported.
There are no suspects in the case so far, and updates have been far and few between since the 26-year old was found dead three miles from the apartment she shared with her husband Tom, in Houston.
Seven weeks later, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences announced Tuesday that the death was murder by strangulation.
According to her mother Stacey, Sharkey vanished after leaving home the day after Thanksgiving. Her mother says that there was a fight, but the husband denies this. Strangely, she left home without a car and was found with no ID.
Her corpse was found the next morning by municipal workers nearby I-10. There were no visible wounds.
“(The employee) called me and said, ‘Man, I think I see a body, but I’m for not sure, or a mannequin or something,'” said John Richardson, a supervisor in Houston’s Solid Waste Department.
Friends had immediately sensed something was wrong when Sharkey, an Instagram influencer who they described as glued to her phone, wouldn’t answer their communications. Her mother suspected right away that her daughter was killed. “I do. I do believe she was murdered,” her mother said in November. “From what I’ve been able to gather, as well as a mother’s gut.”
“I learned very young as a mom to trust my gut. It’s not let me down,” she added.
Alleged discord in marriage
Sharkey had moved to Houston last year with her husband. Friends have spoken of discord in their marriage and claimed that Sharkey wanted a divorce before she went missing.
Sharkey’s husband has said that they were happily married and that her death has utterly destroyed him.
Family and friends are desperate for answers, and swift justice.”I mean, just threw her on the side of the road, naked, like garbage. I just, I don’t get it,” said friend Tanya Ricardo. “No one gets away with something like this. No one.”