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The cause of death for the 26-year-old was released by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences on Tuesday, January 19, and confirmed that was violently killed. No arrests or charges have been made yet, according to BuzzFeed News.

Sharkey was found by a sanitation truck employee nude in some bushes next to a Houston road on Saturday, November 28, 2020. At the time, her body did not show visible injuries.

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“It plays back in my head,” John Richardson, an employee of the City of Houston Solid Waste, told KHOU. “It’s been playing back in my head every day.”

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Richardson recalled that a co-worker called him that morning and said he found something suspicious. “He said he thought he’d saw a body or a mannequin.”

Richardson went to the area and “there it was.” 

“She was laying there deceased, no clothes on. I just got on the phone, and I called 911.”

In the hours before her death, Sharkey spent Thanksgiving with her husband, Tom, and then had dinner at a friend’s house. 

The last time her friends heard from Sharkey was on Friday, November 27.

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Sharkey’s mother, Stacey Robinault, told ABC13 that Sharkey had gone missing the day before her husband called to tell the family that he had not heard from her in 24 hours.

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Sharkey’s loved ones suspected something sinister from the get-go. 

“I believe solely that she was murdered, because of the manner in which her body was left,” Robinault, told Insider. “It just drives deep into the soul that something very malicious happened here, and I want to get to the bottom of it.”

 “A naked female in her 20s, found in the bushes. It’s definitely foul play. This is something straight out of a horror film.,” her friend Chealsea Turnbow told PEOPLE.

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Sharkey and her husband had spent four months living in Colorado before they moved to Houston in January 2020. “I know she absolutely loved it, and just being with her friends and exploring were her favorite things in the entire world,” Lauren Norling-Martin told KHOU. “Without a doubt in my mind, foul play was involved, and this was a murder.”

Pal Tanya Ricardo said that Sharkey and her husband had been having relationship issues and a divorce was being filed which Tom shut down. 

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“She wasn’t happy. She was stressed. I would cuddle her to try to make her strong. She was an amazing woman…she really was,” he said. “There’s always other sides to everything. I was the one holding her, cuddling her, and building her back up.”

Tom also revealed that he had been getting death threats since his wife’s death.

Prior to her untimely death, Sharkey showed off natural beauty products, clothing and healthy living tips to her 72,600 followers on Instagram.

We’re thinking of Sharkey’s family at this difficult time. 

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