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Mother’s plea: My daughter did not commit suicide

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Kelly Osborn and David Morris came armed with a suitcase, a safe, and boxes filled with papers.

They arrived at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Tampa office feeling grateful.

"This has been a very long time coming, " Kelly said.

For four years, they've been trying to get others to see what they know about the death of their daughter, Sheena Morris.

"She was murdered. This was a homicide. Sheena was murdered," Kelly said.

Back on January 1st, 2009, Sheena was found dead inside her hotel room at the Bridge Walk resort. Kelly says the investigation by the Bradenton Beach Police Department was too quick and missed red flags.

"They say they did a thorough investigation, but how can you say you did a thorough investigation when you didn't question the boyfriend? We had to hire an attorney in order for you to find out and get a statement for his alibi," Kelly said.

"I know that this is a nightmare for the Bradenton Police Department, but they brought forth this nightmare, not us."

It was New Year's Eve. Sheena and her boyfriend were at the hotel. From information Kelly uncovered, she found other hotel guests called 911 around 1:47 am reporting a domestic violence situation coming from Sheena's room.

Kelly says Bradenton Police arrived, but never questioned her boyfriend. Police met with Kelly, but their report says they found no evidence of a domestic violence incident.

After 2 pm that day, police were called back when hotel staff tried to enter the room to make sure the pair had left. Instead, the hotel employees heard Sheena's barking dogs and called 911.

Sheena was found dead, hanging in the shower by a leash.

Bradenton Beach Police closed the case. But with the family pushing, FDLE convened a S.M.A.R.T panel to take a second look.

They made a number of recommendations, and now FDLE agents have been working for eight months, looking at evidence, and conducting more interviews.

It's unusual for a family to get this kind of meeting. But in four years, Kelly quit her job and made Sheena's death her mission.

"This is my opportunity to give them everything I've worked on the last four years. The people I've interviewed, the timeline of events we have that took place. We'll be revisiting the crime scene photos, the affidavits. It is large amounts of information," Kelly said.

The family has gone to great lengths to uncover evidence.

"I would find it very hard to believe that they could come back with suicide, after we've had her body exhumed. We've had all the forensic pathologists. We've got certified, level 3 criminal investigators. We don't just have one forensic pathologist, we have three."

She brought the suitcase Sheena had with her in the hotel that night. It's filled with brand new clothes, with tags still on. Kelly asks, why would Sheena buy all those clothes if Sheena planned to kill herself?

Kelly also brought a safe, which holds the clothes Sheena was found dead in. She also has the leash that was around her neck.

"It's not just a mother saying she didn't do this. The evidence is saying she didn't do this"

Kelly predicted they had about eight hours worth of evidence to show the agents. FDLE agents have been doing their own investigation, and are not sharing what they've learned with Kelly. But they felt they had to meet with her to see what evidence she has. Once FDLE is done, they will turn their information over to the State Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors will then decide if there is evidence of a murder or if it was suicide, as first concluded.

As she walked in with an arm load of information, Kelly seemed content and hopeful.

"I think the evidence we have speaks volumes that an arrest needs to be made."

"It's a very big day because when you have all this information inside of you, it makes your skin crawl to think how can something like this happen and it not be heard."

Today, she was being heard.

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