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FDLE investigation into Tampa Bay woman's death largely concluded

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Sheena Morris with her grandfather. He passed away Wednesday night. Sheena Morris with her grandfather. He passed away Wednesday night.
Sheena Morris with her grandfather. He passed away Wednesday night. Sheena Morris with her grandfather. He passed away Wednesday night.
Sheena Morris with her grandfather. He passed away Wednesday night. Sheena Morris with her grandfather. He passed away Wednesday night.
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) -

More than four years ago, Police told a Tampa Bay woman that her daughter had committed suicide.

But she never bought it, and has been fighting that claim ever since.

We could soon learn whether criminal charges could be filed.   

On New Year's Day 2009, the life of 22-year-old Sheena Morris came to a sudden end.

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She was found hanging in a Bradenton Beach hotel room.

At the time, the local police department ruled it a suicide

But for her mother, Kelly Osborn, that just didn't add up.

She says evidence at the scene disputed that, and her daughter was not suicidal.

She fought for justice for years, and ten months ago, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched an investigation of its own.

Osborn said, "To be getting this close. To be getting this close after all these years. Gosh it's tiring."

The State Attorney's office says the FDLE has largely concluded its investigation.

Assistant State Attorney Art Brown has received large stacks of documents to review.

Osborn is hopeful the FDLE investigation will prove this was a homicide.

She said, "I just don't see how they would be able to come up with suicide."

An FDLE spokesperson says officials have completed their interviews, but they're not entirely finished just yet. This is still considered an active investigation.

But the assistant state attorney will soon begin reviewing the results of their case.

Brown says if he determines this was a homicide, then charges could be filed.

And Osborn is holding onto hope.

She said, "It has been a long road. We knew we weren't going to give up, but we knew we weren't going to get to this point if we did give up."

The Bradenton Beach police chief did not want to comment at this time, since the FDLE investigation is still considered active.   

The assistant state attorney is hopeful to have a decision made in the next few weeks.

It's a case that's haunted this mother night and day for years, and now it's out of her hands.

The whole family has been waiting for closure, including Sheena's grandfather, Bob Morris.

Sheena and her grandfather were close.

Osborn said, "I just wish that we could've told him the final resolution of all this. He's been waiting a long time too."

Osborn said Morris died of cancer this week.

"I recently talked to him and he did say to me that he was looking forward to seeing Sheena. I just want to go and be with Sheena, said Osborn. "I'm sure he'll be watching from heaven."

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