Friends and family still questioning the death of a Liverpool native may be getting some closure soon. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, or FDLE, is wrapping up the investigation into the death of Sheena Morris. YNN's Katie Gibas spoke with Sheena's mom about the case.
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- It has been more than four years of misery for the family and friends of Sheena Morris. She was found dead, hanging in her hotel bathroom on New Year's Day 2009.
It was ruled a suicide, but her family never believed that.
"We are not irate families, but we have genuine concerns about how the investigation was handled or not handled. So it has been a very, very long road," said Kelly Osborn, Sheena's mother.
For the last four years, Morris' family and friends have been determined to reopen her case. Sheena's story was even featured on the Dr. Phil show.
Ten months ago, the case was reopened after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, or FDLE, found mistakes with the initial investigation handled by the Bradenton Beach Police Department.
"On June 10, we actually were able to meet with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and go through the findings on the investigation that I had worked for the last four and a half years. And that is where I was able to present to them all of our findings, our case files," said Osborn. "It's a very difficult task. It's not easy for a case to be reopened and reinvestigated. But, we are grateful that we had finally gotten to this point."
Now, the FDLE is wrapping up its investigation. Everything has been handed over to the Florida State Prosecutor. He can rule the death was a suicide, a homicide, or undetermined.
"We have signed affidavits from experts, from forensic pathologists, to certified level 3 criminal investigators who are the best of the best who have determined that this case was in fact a staged crime scene, a homicide, is it's going to be very difficult for us to understand if this comes back as a suicide," said Osborn.
If the case is ruled a homicide, then the prosecutor will have to determine if there's enough evidence to bring to a grand jury.
Sheena's family anticipates an outcome of the investigation in a few weeks.