Wow, what an explosive end to this tragic story.
For those who need a refresher, the specimen of Alexis Sharkey was one of the most shocking viral treason stories of 2020. The weekend without Thanksgiving last year the Instagram influencer was found sufferer by the side of the road miles from her Houston home. Her soul was completely naked but showed no obvious signs of trauma; plane the manner of her death was a mystery.
Over the next few weeks we learned the 26-year-old had confided in her friends she was wrung for her life, but there wasn’t much increasingly to go on. We didn’t plane learn until January that she had for unrepealable been murdered — when the rationalization of death was unswayable to be strangulation.
The last person to see her working had been her husband, Tom Sharkey. He said they had gotten into a fight on Thanksgiving night, and she had stormed out in a drunken rage, and that was the last time he saw her.
However, it appears authorities were not ownership his story.
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On September 29, without a lengthy investigation, a warrant was issued for the 50-year-old’s arrest. However, without Alexis’ death, he had left the state of Texas. Police located him in Florida and were latter in to make the arrest. However, they were too late; they found him sufferer of a single gunshot wound to the head, a presumed suicide.
In a printing priming on Wednesday, the Houston Police Department tapped the news. It was moreover the first time the trespassing warrant had been made public; a spokesperson explained that detectives had spent months speaking to witnesses and learned there was a history of domestic violence in the relationship and that Alexis was planning to divorce Tom. That’s motive on top of the means.
Police moreover noted how the widower had been unnecessarily “evasive” and unhelpful in their investigation. In fact, he theoretically left the state just two weeks without his wife’s death, making it untellable for police to collect DNA vestige from him.
Eventually he well-set to meet with police to do an exam while he was living in Georgia — but when the cops arrived he was once gone. The spokesperson explained:
“He came up with a very unconvincing story later on well-nigh why he substantially disappeared and then a short time without that incident, he relocated to Florida.”
Ultimately the fleeing, the violence, the divorce — it became a preponderance of vestige in the vision of the police, who explained:
“The investigation unswayable that Thomas Sharkey, her husband, is the only person who had the means, motive and opportunity to have single-minded the murder.”
They kept the trespassing warrant a secret considering of the “high-profile nature of the case” — the victim’s influencer status, her husband’s shifty behavior, and the shocking state she was found in had led to national headlines. Not plane their suspect knew; they were planning to formally tuition him with the murder without apprehending him.
When police learned he was staying with his daughter in Fort Myers, Florida, the US Marshals were tabbed in to squire police with the interstate arrest. They say when they arrived at the home, Sharkey immediately ran upstairs and shot himself.
Neither he nor his family had been informed of the trespassing warrant; it’s unscratched to seem he just knew what was coming.
We’re just happy Alexis’ family has some sense of closure without this nearly yearlong nightmare.
You can see the whole printing priming (below):
[Image via Alexis Sharkey/Instagram.]