MANATEE ABC-TVs 20-20 flew Tampas Kelly Osborn to New York last summer to interview her about her daughter, Sheena Morris. The TV news magazine also brought a film crew to Bradenton Beach, the site of her daughters death on New Years Day 2009.
The result is an hour-long episode airing at 10 p.m. Friday devoted completely to Morris.
They didnt exactly do an investigation, Osborn said Thursday. What their story is about is how a mother had to do the footwork. In those prior years, I had to work the investigation. I had to get the case going.
Osborn, who has invited family and close friends to her Tampa home Friday to watch the show, which she has not yet seen, said she knows it will be extremely hard to watch.
I have a feeling it will be pretty difficult, Osborn said. I was told by the producer it may be tough watching for some people.
Morris was 22 when she was found by Bradenton Beach police officers hanging in the shower of a Bradenton Beach motel room.
Osborn said she immediately did not believe her daughter had committed suicide, which was the manner of death concluded by the Bradenton Beach Police Department.
Due to her efforts to get the case before the public, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stepped in to look at the case.
Right now, the prosecutor is still going through numerous files and reports that the FDLE has provided to the State Attorneys Office. They have had the investigation now for just over a year. We are patiently waiting. We dont want to rush things.
Osborn confirmed Thursday her daughters former fiance, Joe Genoese, was in the episode of 20-20. Osborn said Genoese failed a lie detector test concerning Sheena Morris death on an episode of Dr. Phil. Osborn also said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale was not interviewed by 20-20, but not by his choice.
From my understanding, he wanted to but was informed by the FDLE not to, Osborn said. I dont believe the Bradenton Beach Police Department has anything more to do with the case.
A call to Speciale Thursday night did not go through due to a filled answering queue.
rd Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter @RichardDymond.