Friends of Alexis Sharkey, the Instagram influencer who was found dead Saturday, have said she previously confided in them that she feared for her safety.
Sharkey, 26, who was living in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Tom Sharkey, went missing Friday evening. Her body was later found on the side of a Houston road on Saturday, according to authorities, with her family confirming her death in a statement Sunday.
According to three of Sharkey’s friends,Lauren Breaux, Ally Cale, and Courtney Ehninger, she had expressed concerns over her well-being in the weeks leading up to her death.
Speaking to ABC13, Breaux said: “I'm going to be honest, she confided in me about how worried she was for her safety when we went to Marfa, Texas, almost a month ago. We were sitting down at dinner and she lost it. We walked back to our hotel room and she confided in me that night in things. I looked at her [and thought]: 'She's petrified. This girl is scared for her life.'”
“We don't know what happened. We obviously have had ideas. We believe she was murdered, absolutely,” she added.
Sharkey’s friends did not disclose any further information pertaining to the 26-year-old’s fears because they did not want to interfere with the ongoing police investigation, the outlet reports.
Sharkey’s mother, Stacey Robinault, has also said she believes that her daughter was the victim of foul play, previously telling KPRC “nothing” about the death “suggests that this was an accident”.
"The way in which she was found - my child would never do that to herself," Robinault told the outlet. "That doesn't even make sense. That is absolutely foul play. There is nothing to me that suggests that this was an accident. And there's nothing to me that suggests anything else, other than that this was done to her."
Sharkey’s husband previously revealed during a phone interview with ABC13 that he has been receiving death threats since news of his wife’s death.
During the conversation, he also disputed reports that he and his wife had fought before her disappearance and called her an “amazing woman”.
Sharkey’s body was found with no visible wounds, according to authorities. Final autopsy results by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences are required before authorities can determine a cause of death, however, foul play has not been ruled out, according to KPRC.