Alexis Sharkey was found dead along the side of a road, a few miles from her home, by a garbage truck driver.
The 26-year-old social media influencer disappeared just after Thanksgiving, and her family is certain that foul play is involved.
Sharkey didn't show up to meet up with her friends on Saturday morning. After realizing she hadn't posted anything on social media for 12 hours, the deceased Instagram star's family became worried.
Alexis Sharkey, the oldest of three sisters, grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania. She had a degree in biology and planned to apply to medical school. But, during her gap year, Alexis moved to Texas and met and married Tom Sharkey.
The two moved to Houston in January, and Sharkey switched to being a full-time social media influencer. She had over 60,000 followers.
As her mother Stacy Robinault explained, Alexis's friends, and her husband told her that her daughter was missing:
"One friend said, 'I ran over to her apartment, and she's not there, and we were supposed to meet up.' 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; (she's) standing up her friends; (her) husband doesn't know where she is, all of that. All of that strikes fear."
One day later, her mother's worst fears came true.
Friends and family seeking justice for Alexis
The vigil for Alexis Sharkey has been postponed. Her friend posted:
"Due to changing circumstances, we are postponing Lexi's celebration of life."
"We appreciate the outpour of love and support you have shown her and ask for continued respect at this time. Keep sharing, keep making noise, keep fighting for Alexis. #justiceforalexis."
Sharkey disappeared on Saturday, and her body was found on Sunday. Her mother made a brief statement at the time:
"We are wrecked. We are completely wrecked. "
"The family is just so devastated, her cousins, her sisters, her 13-year-old sister. It's just so difficult."
Robinault added that mysterious circumstances make matters even worse:
"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."
It's still unclear what happened to the young woman. However, her friends told the police that the influencer was worried for her safety.
The discussion between Sharkey and a friend happened about a month ago during their trip to Marfa:
"She confided in me that night ... she's petrified. This girl is scared for her life."
Another friend added:
"She was a friend to literally all. Such a good person."
One of Alexis' friends, Tanya Ricardo, told KHOU11:
"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."
She added that the marriage was in trouble:
"Recently, she opened up to us about it and a divorce was being filed."
"She was a very private person. She didn't share a lot about what was going on at home."
Alexis's husband is receiving death threats
The husband, Tom Sharkey, told the media that his wife wasn't always as happy as she portrayed herself on social media.
Though the 49-year-old tried to stay mum, he wasn't able to stay quiet for long. He started receiving death threats and denied the divorce talk.
He claims she was his everything, explaining:
"She wasn't happy. She was stressed. I would cuddle her to try to make her strong. She was an amazing woman."
"There are always other sides to everything. I was the one holding her, cuddling her, and building her back up. 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."
The cause of death is still unknown, though there are no visible marks on the young woman's body. However, mother Stacy is sure that her daughter was a victim of foul play.
The heartbroken mom told ABC13:
"I do believe she was murdered. Yes. From what I've been able to gather as well as a mother's gut. I learned young as a mom to trust my gut. It's not let me down."
The family's waiting for the answers, though it seems that the mother's instinct wasn't wrong. The police aren't saying much, but sources claim that foul play is not off the table.