Alexis Sharkey is a 26-year-old Houston, Texas, woman who has been found dead after initially vanishing without a trace on Friday, November 27. She was an Instagram influencer and worked as a hair and skin care consultant, and her loved ones launched a determined search to find her. “My world! My everything! I’m so lost right now! My one and only!” her husband, Tom Sharkey, 49, wrote on Facebook after news of her death was confirmed. She and her husband had been married for less than a year.
She was remembered for her intelligence and “contagious energy” at work. One co-worker described her “beautiful spirit.” Sharkey’s mother, Stacey Clark Robinault, a Pennsylvania teacher, had turned to social media and Texas television stations to share word of her daughter’s disappearance. Sharkey’s husband shared Robinault’s post on his own Facebook page when his wife was missing.
However, Sharkey was found dead on Saturday by a city worker. Jodi Silva, Houston Police spokesperson, confirmed to Heavy on November 30 the body of a naked woman found in the 1000 block of Red Haw, near the Katy Freeway and Eldridge Parkway, was that of Sharkey.
Asked whether foul play is suspected, Silva said that’s unclear. “The cause of death and investigation are pending autopsy results,” she said. “She was found with no trauma to the body so cause of death will be pending.” ABC13 reported that the woman’s body was spotted by the city worker because her feet were sticking out of the bushes on the side of the road.
“Houston police have learned the identity of a deceased female found at 1000 Red Haw Lane about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday (November 28),” a Houston police news release says. It uses her maiden name. “The female has been identified as Alexis Leigh Robinault by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.”
The release says that two homicide division detectives reported that Houston Fire Department paramedics advised Houston police officers of a female found dead at the above address. She was found along the side of the road and had no visible wounds. The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.”
Sharkey’s mom also confirmed the death on social media on November 29. Her mother wrote that Sharkey’s body had been found but didn’t provide details, including a cause of death. She said the family’s hearts are broken and called it an “incredible loss.” The hashtag #justiceforalexis was used by influencers and friends as news of the death spread. Tributes flooded the mother’s Facebook page. “She was seriously a ray of sunshine – lex was looked up to by hundreds of women & girls. Her existence shed a light on everyone she was around. Keeping your family in our prayers,” wrote one person in tribute.
Her mother told ABC13 in an interview that Sharkey loved travel, was bright, and “had so much to offer” and was “just snuffed out. And I don’t know why. The horrific nature of her last moments, I can’t even go there. I do believe she was murdered, yes.” She said that was based in part on “a mother’s gut.”
The family told local television that Sharkey was last seen on Friday, November 27. Alexis is also known as “Lexis” or “Lex.”
Here’s what you need to know about Alexis Robinault Sharkey:
1. Sharkey’s Husband Criticized People Who Posted Negative Comments on His Facebook Wall, Writing That Alexis ‘Showed Me How to Truly Love’
Sharkey’s husband chastised critics on his Facebook page after her body was found. He wrote:
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 time talking about other things. Basically crap talk! And if my wife would of seen this she would be disappointed in your actions! You all should be ashamed of yourselves! I have been assisting the deputies and making phone calls to fine out what happened to my wife. Next time…. stop and think! And realize! You don’t know it all!
He shared a collage of photos of Sharkey and implored, “Baby….. please give me strength. Do you remember when we talked and joked about getting old. And I said… that’s the one thing you would never beat me at. And we laughed so hard because your so competitive.❤️”
With a photo of Sharkey in a wedding dress, he wrote, “You made life so incredible! Made sense of my existence! My purpose! And showed me how to truly love!”
In an emotional post on November 28, Robinault said her daughter was last seen in Houston, Texas, where she had lived since January.
“Please share this post!!! My daughter, Alexis Sharkey, is missing!!” she wrote before Sharkey’s body was found.
“No one has heard from her for over 24 hours and the police are involved. She has lived in Houston Texas since January and that was where she was last seen. Please help us find her and bring her home safely!! We are so very desperate!!! Please share!!”
Other people in her circle shared information also. “Alexis Sharkey is a 26 year old women who is located in Houston, Texas. She is 120 pounds and her family last heard from her on Friday, the 27th at 6 pm. Alexis is married, works full time selling Monat, and although I don’t know her personally, several of my friends know her very well!” wrote one woman on Facebook. “I find it very weird for someone who works full time on social media to ghost her platform, especially on a Black Friday weekend! Please share and reach out to people who are in her area to keep an eye out! Someone like her doesn’t just go off grid!!! Bring this sweet lady home!!!😭😭❤️”
As word spread, other friends offered tributes. “…love you so so freaking much! Justice will be served! You will forever be in my heart ❤️ I love you!!” wrote one person.
2. Sharkey, Who Was From Pennsylvania, Studied Biology Education in Pittsburgh & Was Remembered as ‘Incredibly Intelligent’; Her Mother Described the Family’s ‘Deeply Broken Hearts’
Sharkey’s mom described the “incredible loss to our family” in a Facebook post.
“It’s with deeply broken hearts that Mike and I want to let you all know that Lexi’s body has been found. We cannot begin to thank you all for your love and the kind words you’ve extended to our family! Please give us this time to grieve this incredible loss to our family and this world!!! We will miss you, Love!!!!” wrote Robinault.
On Facebook, Sharkey wrote that she studied biology education at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
“I never met Alexis but she was an incredible inspiration to me in our Monat community,” wrote another Monat representative on Facebook. “She was funny, incredibly intelligent and her energy was simply contagious. I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Words cannot describe how you must be feeling. My prayers are over you and your family and I hope that whoever did this gets the justice they deserve. ♥️♥️”
Another person wrote on Sharkey’s mom’s post, “I always admired your daughter for her character and personality, she has such a beautiful spirit, and was such a big part of the monat family, i am so sorry for your loss❤.”
On Facebook, her posts tended toward politics. She shared some political opinions on Facebook, where she posted information that diminished the seriousness of COVID-19 and news stories critical of President-elect Joe Biden.
In a post on abortion, she revealed, “I was a child who grew up in a loving Christian home, who had all Christian family and friends. I was truly indoctrinated in it.” She also wrote, “Scrolling through fb and seeing all these posts judging people for abortions is making me feel sick. I’ve never had one and I still feel sick. So much judgement you have no idea what anyone’s going through.”
Her Instagram page is filled with glamour shots.
In another post, she wrote, “I know taxes are necessary but income tax really is criminal.”
3. Sharkey’s Husband Notified Her Mother That She Was Missing, Her Mother Says
In an interview with ABC13, Robinault said that the disappearance was not like her daughter.
Robinault last spoke with Sharkey right before Thanksgiving.
“[Thanksgiving] was a busy day on her end and our end and so it was just one of those passing, type of ‘Love you’ things,” Robinault, who is from Pennsylvania, told the television station. “Then Friday … honestly, Friday got away. [It was a] busy day. We never talked, and then she went missing Friday night and I have not seen her or heard from her since.”
She told ABC13 that Sharkey’s husband called her on Saturday, November 28, to say she was missing and he hadn’t heard from her since that Friday. She said the family was now in “full panic mode.”
4. Sharkey & Her Husband Were Married Last December & Filled Their Social Media Pages With Pictures Together
Sharkey shared photos of herself with her husband on Facebook. One post shows them dressed up as Vikings for Halloween. On Facebook, her husband says he is a consultant at West Texas, a Facebook page that describes its mission as “to provide information relevant to West Texas regarding travel, culture and life.”
The couple married last December, according to an announcement of their marriage in The Daily Sentinel that reads, “Thomas James Sharkey III and Alexis Leigh Robinault, Dec. 20.”
He also wrote that he “studied at the School of Hard Knocks” and was from Fort Myers, Florida. His Facebook page is filled with bodybuilding pictures.
Days before his wife went missing, he wrote, “When a person looses all they consider everything in their life! And they are at their own personal rock bottom! It’s then, when you see who they Truly are and choose to be! Life hits hard! HIT HARDER!!!
This is a message for a friend. NOW! Get up! Rub some dirt in it! I know who you are!!! Now show me!!!”
He frequently shares political views on Facebook. He wrote with one video of Biden, “Yea! Great choice! Do your research! This is a bad decision America!” He also posted about COVID-19 possibly being a rumor.
Other posts focused on his relationship.
He posted about the couple’s wedding on Instagram, writing, “Couldn’t imagine my life any other way! 2020 Here we come! Adventures ahead!”
5. Sharkey Left After an Argument, a Local Television Station Says
According to Click2Houston, Sharkey had been in touch with friends around 6 p.m. Friday. “Her mother said there was an argument and she left and didn’t take her car,” the television station reported, but it didn’t report who the argument was with or provide any additional details.
Her friends then filed a police report, and her husband was notified, the TV station reported.
A report from ABC13 indicates “a naked woman’s body” was found Saturday morning after a city employee “saw feet in the bushes” while driving “in the 1000 block of Red Haw.” The report from ABC13 indicated there were “no visible injuries” and investigators believed the body had been there all night. Police were looking for surveillance video from nearby businesses, ABC13 reported.
That’s the body that Houston police now confirm was Sharkey.