Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - On New Year’s Day in 2009, Sheena Morris of Clay was found in a Florida hotel room hanging in the shower.
Her death was initially ruled a suicide but four and a half years later, Florida authorities have reopened the case.
It’s the day Kelly Osborn, the mother of Sheena, has been waiting for. A day she might finally get justice for her daughter.
"I'm tired but not too tired to finish what we've started," Kelly said.
What she started was an unwavering mission to find the truth behind her daughter's sudden death.
Bradenton Beach Police initially ruled it a suicide, but for years Kelly said that just didn't add up and all of the clues pointed to murder
"I’m not sure how the chief of police can state that they did a thorough investigation when so many things were skipped,” Kelly said.
Kelly hired her own investigators and started conducting interviews, gathering crime scene photos and other evidence including a suitcase filled with new clothes bought by Sheena right before she died.
Kelly also got a 911 recording of her daughter claiming domestic abuse just a short time before her death.
In the recording, Sheena can be heard saying, “He did physically hurt me.” Kelly worked tirelessly to prove Sheena didn't commit suicide and finally her voice was heard
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched its own investigation, reopening the case and the possibility that criminal charges could be filed.
"They're going to make a determination as to whether this was murder or whether this was suicide," Kelly said.
The determination could be just weeks away and until then, Kelly will hold onto hope that one day justice for Sheena will prevail.
“I didn't give up four and a half years, I’m not going to give up now,” Kelly said. “I think that I will probably feel that really big hug the day that I get to stop doing this,”
NewsChannel 9 spoke with Florida investigators and they said their investigation is wrapping up.
They are now working with the State Attorney's Office who will determine within a few weeks whether or not criminal charges should be filed in the case.