The husband of the murdered Instagram influencer Alexis Sharkey has been found dead.
According to authorities, Thomas Sharkey, 50, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Florida.
A Houston police spokesperson announced the news at a Wednesday press conference.
Authorities reported they located the body of Thomas. The U.S. Marshals Service found him dead from a gunshot wound to the head in Florida. Reportedly, Thomas shot himself as authorities were closing in on him to arrest him.
Thomas was wanted for murder in connection with his wife’s death, after a warrant for his arrest was issued on Sept. 29.
A spokesman for the Houston police said that Thomas was the only person with the means and motive to kill his wife.
Investigators stated there was a history of domestic violence in the relationship. The two had separated, despite Thomas not wanting the marriage to end.
They also alleged that Thomas was dishonest with detectives throughout the investigation. Previously, Thomas posted to social in response to many pointing the finger at him for his wife’s death. “I have been assisting the deputies and making phone calls to fine [sic] out what happened to my wife,” he wrote at the time. “Next time, stop and think! And realize you don’t know it all!”
Police stated at the press conference how Thomas left Texas after his wife’s body was found and moved to Georgia.
The 26-year-old naked body was discovered by a sanitation truck employee alongside a Houston road on November 28, 2020, just two days after she first went missing.
Thomas did not report his wife missing, police stated. In fact, it was Alexis’ friends.
Alexis had stopped responding to calls and messages, which, of course, worried relatives and friends that something was not right.
The day before she disappeared, his wife spent Thanksgiving morning with her husband at their Houston-area apartment before stopping by a friend’s house for dinner.
The last time friends had heard from Alexis was the evening of November 27. It has been confirmed Alexis was strangled to death.
“I want people to truly remember her as someone who was loving, and generous, and so full of light and joy,” her mother, Stacey Robinault, tells PEOPLE in the latest issue. “She was a lovely, outstanding human being.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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