Alexis Sharkey, a Houston-based Instagram influencer, was reported missing over the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 27, according to her family.
She was found dead the next day on Red Haw Lane in West Houston, reportedly about three miles from her home, police confirmed, according to a KHOU11 report.
The recovery of her body was also announced in an emotional statement on Facebook by Sharkey’s mother, Stacey Clark Robinault, who added several pictures of her daughter.
“It’s with deeply broken hearts that Mike and I want to let you all know that Lexi’s body has been found,” Robinault wrote.
“We cannot begin to thank you all for your love and the kind words you’ve extended to our family! Please give us this time to grieve this incredible loss to our family and this world!!! We will miss you, Love!!!!”
The social media influencer had a following of about 21,000 people and mainly focused on skincare and beauty. On Saturday, she was supposed to meet with friends to watch a movie, but when she didn’t show up her friends alerted her family.
A friend of Sharkey told KHOU11 she spent time with her during a Thanksgiving gathering at her home and last spoke to her around 6 p.m. on Friday, adding that it was very unusual for her not to answer her phone after she was reported missing.
“She is attached to her phone. She is a social media queen. She is an influencer. She works from her phone,” Tanya Ricardo said.
Sharkey’s mother said in a missing person report posted on Facebook that her daughter had moved to Houston, Texas, with her husband earlier this year, where she was last seen.
“No one has heard from her for over 24 hours and the police are involved. She has lived in Houston, Texas, since January and that was where she was last seen,” Robinault wrote, adding several pictures of her daughter.
Sharkey’s husband, Tom Sharkey, called the Robinault family on Saturday to tell them his wife was missing, ABC13 reported.
“We were notified on Saturday that she was missing by her husband,” Robinault told the ABC affiliate. “[He] called us up to let us know, and that’s when, of course, any parent goes into full panic mode.”
The influencer’s husband also shared several posts on Facebook, grieving the loss of his wife.
“You made life so incredible! Made sense of my existence! My purpose! And showed me how to truly love!” Tom wrote, adding several pictures of the couple’s wedding.
Sharkey’s manner of death hasn’t been determined yet as investigators wait for pending autopsy results, though the woman’s mother believes she was killed.
“She didn’t wind up where she was found on her own,” Robinault told Fox News. “It was no accident.”
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe fundraiser was set up in support of Sharkey’s family. The page has since generated over $18,000.