The husband of a 26-year-old Instagram influencer whose naked body was found by the side of a Houston road last week said he has received death threats and pledged he was ‘not a jerk’ amid allegations he abused her.
Tom Sharkey, 49, told KTRK-TV on Tuesday that his wife of less than a year, Alexis Sharkey was not the outgoing, bubbly person that she appeared to be on social media.
Alexis was found dead on Saturday by Houston city workers with no visible signs of injury on her body. She had been missing since Friday.
A Houston Police Department spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy that they expect will shed more light on how Alexis died.
On social media, Tom, who paid tribute to his wife on social media by calling her ‘the most amazing woman,’ has been accused of killing Alexis, which he denies. He also says that claims the couple was going through a divorce are false.
‘She wasn’t happy. She was stressed,’ he told KTRK-TV on Tuesday.
‘I would cuddle her to try to make her strong. She was an amazing woman.
‘Sir, my wife was an amazing woman. She really was. There’s always other sides to everything.
‘I was the one holding her, cuddling her, and building her back up.’
Tom added: ‘I don’t need to set the record straight. I’ll let it play out the way it is.
‘I know what my life was with my wife.’
Alexis’ mother, Stacey Clark Robinault, said her daughter ‘had an argument’ shortly before she went missing but it is not clear who with.
Tom denied that he argued with his wife the last time they saw each other. He said that just before she disappeared, he urged his wife not to leave their home as she was ‘under the influence,’ though he did not elaborate.
‘We didn’t fight when she left,’ he said.
‘I just told her she couldn’t drive under the influence. She left anyhow.
‘This is where we’re at.’
Tom said that he went to identify his wife’s body at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday.
He said he has been cooperating with law enforcement officials, turning over all of his wife’s messages, emails, and phone calls.
Tom expressed confidence that HPD is ‘going to find everyone that was involved.’
The intense media scrutiny of the case has led people on social media to speculate that Tom was involved in his wife’s death, which he has denied.
‘It’s horrible,’ he said. ‘People are talking tons of crap. I’m getting death threats and stuff.
‘None of that bothers me. What bothers me is that the world and everybody in it focuses on all of the stuff that doesn’t matter … [they] should have been focused on finding my wife.’
Tom added: ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m not a jerk.’
‘I’m just destroyed.’
Alexis’ disappearance and death have prompted family members, including her mother, to suspect that she was murdered.
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SOURCE: Ariel Zilber and Lauren Fruen