TAMPA, Fla. - Wearing a "Justice 4 Sheena" bracelet and her lucky handcuff necklace, Kelly Osborn walked into the Tampa office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement prepared to present details in her daughter's death that she has been trying to get out for more than four years and five months.
On Monday, FDLE special agents were finally ready to listen.
"After fighting for four years, I started to begin to wonder would I ever see this day," Osborn said.
On New Year's Day 2009, Osborn's daughter, 22-year-old Sheena Morris, was found dead in an Anna Maria Island hotel room.
The Bradenton Beach police department ruled it a suicide. But Osborn and her family never believed it, and for the last four years, have been fighting to prove Morris was murdered.
After the initial investigation, the family had her body exhumed and paid for a second private autopsy. The result from the autopsy led the Manatee County medical examiner to change the cause of death to "undetermined" in 2011.
"There are red flags everywhere you look," Osborn said.
Osborn quit her job in real estate and devoted her life to investigating her daughter's death.
But in October of 2012, she got some help. A panel of experts assembled by the FDLE concluded that Sheena's case should be reopened.
On Friday, Osborn says the state called her to tell her she could present the information she had gathered to the two special agents working full-time on this case.
So on Monday she showed up armed with timeline boards, a power point presentation, crime scene photos, and the suitcase her daughter had with her the night she died. She told reporters outside that all of this evidence points not to a suicide, but a murder.
"When you know, you know, and you've got to make it right. If you know it's wrong, you have to make it right," said Osborn.
The meeting with FDLE lasted more than five hours. Afterwards, Osborn said the agents were receptive and she was relieved to have "professionals" handling her daughter's case.
In a statement to ABC Action News, FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said, " FDLE is exhausting all reasonable steps to fully examine the circumstances surrounding the death of Sheena Morris. As part of that, it is important to speak with her mother, Ms. Osborn. Bradenton Beach Police Department continues to be the lead investigative agency. FDLE’s role is to investigate all SMART Panel recommendations. The interview with Ms. Osborn is part of that follow-up."
After the FDLE concludes their investigation, they will present their findings to the State Attorney's Office.
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