THE mom of Alexis Sharkey – who was found dead last month – says she had to “fight” with her daughter’s husband just to see the influencer’s body.
Stacey Robinault said she told son-in-law Tom Sharkey, 49, that she wanted to bring Alexis’ body home to Pennsylvania.
Stacey Robinault, right, said she wanted to bring the body of her daughter Alexis, left, home after she was found dead in Texas[/caption]
Robinault wanted to bring Alexis, 26, back home to Pennsylvania[/caption]
Alexis, 26, disappeared on November 27 and her naked body was found “carefully placed” on the side of the road in Houston, Texas, less than 24 hours later.
At first, Robinault said, Tom was OK with her plan to bring Alexis home, but soon after, stopped responding to her altogether.
She told 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 said Tom cut off communication and eventually, the medical examiner made her the next of kin.
Alexis was an Instagram model and influencer[/caption]
Alexis is pictured here with her husband, Tom Sharkey, 49[/caption]
“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,” Robinault said.
“It just was a very strange – I’d almost call it ‘fight’ to get her.”
Alexis’ mom held a “very private” viewing in Houston last Friday for “the very closest of family” and some of her daughter’s friends.
The last time the mom and daughter spoke, they had been excitedly planning their Christmas in Pennsylvania.
Robinault claimed that Tom cut off communication with her as she tried to bring Alexis’ body home[/caption]
“We were desperate to see her and excited to see her,” Robinault previously said.
The 26-year-old influencer was said to have lived in Houston for about a year before her death.
It’s unclear what happened to Alexis’ body after last week’s viewing.
KVIR reported on Tuesday that an autopsy reported has not yet been released as investigators wait for a toxicology report.
The Sharkeys were apparently having marriage problems, and Alexis’ friends claimed Tom was abusing her[/caption]
Alexis was found off the I-10 in Houston with no visible injuries, and authorities believe her body had been there overnight.
No arrests have yet been made in connection with her death, but police are still investigating.
After her untimely death, several people close to Alexis have told local media outlets that she was in an abusive marriage.
The Daily Beast reported that Alexis had allegedly told friends during a trip in early November that Tom was abusing her.
Alexis disappeared on November 27 and her body was found on the side of I-10 in Houston less than 24 hours later[/caption]
She apparently also claimed she was divorcing him.
A friend told the publication: “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.’”
Another two friends claimed that on the day his wife disappeared, Tom had been arguing with her before she “hopped over their patio fence and into a car.”
Alexis’ mom held a viewing for close friends and family last Friday[/caption]
Local reports suggest that Alexis did not leave in her vehicle.
Her husband has denied any marital problems, saying he is cooperating with detectives and feels confident police are “going to find everyone that was involved.”
She had reportedly spent Thanksgiving with a friend before her death.
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Alexis’ Instagram account, which has now been memorialized, included pictures of her and Tom alongside her influencer pictures.
One photo posted on July 3 is captioned: “I love this man.”
Tom posted a string of photos on social media after his wife, who he married in December 2019, was found dead, calling her “the most amazing woman.”