Tampa mother closer to getting answers in daughter's 2009 death
9:54 PM, Aug 15, 2013
TAMPA BAY -
A Bay area mother is now closer than ever to getting new, thorough answers in what really happened the night her daughter was found dead in 2009, hanging in a shower in an Anna Maria hotel room.
"Here we are ten months later and hearing we are nearing the end," said Kelly Osborn.
On New Year's Day 2009, Osborn's daughter, 22-year-old Sheena Morris, was found dead. The Bradenton Beach police Department ruled it a suicide, a ruling Osborn has refuted all along. She believes her daughter was murdered.
After the initial investigation, the family had Morris's body exhumed and paid for a second, private autopsy, in which the results led the Manatee County medical examiner to change the cause of death to "undetermined" in 2011.
"I'm tired but not too tired to finish what we've started," Osborn said.
Thursday, Manatee County Assistant State Attorney Art Brown confirmed to ABC Action News that his office has the nearly completed Florida Department of Law Enforcement special investigation into Morris's death.
The investigation has been underway since October of 2012 when a panel of experts assembled by the FDLE concluded that Morris's case should be reopened. Brown said his office will begin reviewing the report within one week. He expects his office will take several weeks to then further rule if Morris's death should still be considered a suicide or if it's murder.
"I think with this coming to a close, Sheena will truly be able to rest in her resting place. I think I'll be able to feel that really big hug the day I get to stop doing this," Osborn said.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said he stands by his department's initial finding that Morris took her own life.