HOUSTON – Authorities have ruled the November death of a Youngsville High School graduate outside Houston a homicide.
Alexis Robinault Sharkey, 26, a popular social media influencer who moved to Houston in January 2020, was strangled, according to the Harris County (Texas) Institute of Forensic Sciences.
“The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has determined the cause of death for Alexis Leigh Robinault Sharkey, was strangulation,” according to a release. “The manner is homicide. The autopsy report will be available after law enforcement concludes its case.”
Sharkey’s body was discovered by a City of Houston public works employee along the side of a road on Nov. 28.
Her mother, Stacey Clark Robinault, posted to Facebook later that day that Sharkey was missing. Sharkey’s identity had not been determined at the time of the post. Robinault’s post garnered more than 10,000 shares.
Robinault told a Houston ABC affiliate in November that she believed foul play was involved in her daughter’s death.
The same affiliate reported in November that, at the time of her death, Sharkey had more than 20,000 Instagram followers. As of noon on Jan. 20, that number had increased to more than 73,000.
No arrests have been made, nor charges filed, in relation to Sharkey’s death.