Social media influencer Alexis Sharkey’s death has been ruled homicide by strangulation, authorities have said.
The announcement was made Tuesday (local time) by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences following Sharkey's autopsy.
The 26-year-old influencer’s naked body was found on November 28 alongside a Houston Road, just over 1.5kms from her home, two days after she was reported missing.
A council worker spotted what he thought was a body or a mannequin while driving by but was too sacred to check, so he asked his supervisor John Richardson to check.
“When we were driving, we could see the feet. We got out and looked, and there it was. She was laying there deceased, no clothes on. I just got on the phone, and I called 911," Mr Richardson told local news station KHOU11.
The day before she disappeared Ms Sharkey spent Thanksgiving morning with her husband in their apartment before stopping by a friend’s house for dinner.
The last time she was heard from was on the evening of November 27. Her body was found the following day.
Young influencer’s mum had feared the worst
Ms Sharkey’s mother, Stacey Clark Robinault, revealed to ABC13 in November that she believed her daughter was murdered.
“It's just painful for someone so bright and having so much to offer... just to be gone, to be snuffed out. I don't know why,” Ms Robinault said.
“I don't know why. The horrific nature of her last moments must've been... I can't even. I can't even go there.”
Houston Police confirmed to media the investigation is ongoing.
“There are no arrests or charges in the case at this time,” Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon told People magazine.
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