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Suicide or murder? Mom seeks answers after daughter's death

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Kelly Osborn never takes off her "Justice 4 Sheena" wristbands.

They're a part of her non-stop mission for answers about her daughter's death.

"It has been a long fight and a long battle and one that's unnecessary – that a family shouldn't go through," she said.

A battle that's lasted nearly four years now, but it may be coming to an end.  In August, the FDLE announced its 'SMART' panel would review the Sheena Morris case.  The team is made up of investigators, forensic experts and others.

"The 'SMART' panel has met, and they're sending their recommendations to FDLE. FLDE will compile those recommendations, then provide them to Bradenton Beach Police Department," said Gretl Plessinger with FDLE.

It's a ray of hope for Osborne, who's been calling for a new-investigation from the get-go, but there are no guarantees here. 

FDLE said once the department gets the recommendations they have three options. One is to do nothing at all.  Two is to follow the recommendations and act themselves.  And three: Call in FDLE for assistance.

Osborn makes it clear what she wants.

"I would like Chief Sam Speciale to take this monkey off his back and hand it over to the FDLE," Osborn said.

She believes the small Bradenton Beach Police Department botched the investigation into her daughter's death.  She was found hanging in her hotel room shower on New Year's 2009.  Police ruled it a suicide, but her mom's own investigation led her to believe otherwise. 

Dealing with years of struggle, Osborne may now be within reach of the resolution she's sought for so long.

"It does feel good and it does give us some validation, it is a good day today," she said.

Chief Sam Speciale told FOX 13 he hasn't heard the recommendations yet, and was reserving comment until he has.

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