Saturday, July 28, 2012
Saturday July 28th, 2012 Sarasota Herald Tribune: Mystery of Sheena Morris’ death. Sheena Morris, 22, was found dead in a Beach hotel room on New Year’s Day, 2009. Police found her hanging in a shower stall hours after she had a fight with her fiance. Detective Lenard Diaz, the lone detective at the small police department, quickly concluded Sheena hanged herself, and closed the case as a suicide. But Sheena’s mother, Kelly Osborn, never accepted Diaz’s findings. Osborn began a three-year quest to prove that her daughter was murdered and the scene staged to appear as a suicide. Along the way, she gained support from the country’s top forensic experts, who all agree Sheena did not commit suicide and that the hotel room was a “staged crime scene.”
On January 1, 2009 Sheena Morris was found deceased in a hotel room at the Bridge Walk Resort in Anna Maria Island, Florida. She was found hung in the shower with her buttocks only 6 to 7 inches off the floor and legs straight out in front of her. (This was a stand-up shower, the garden tub was separate) Prior to her being found Sheena,22, and her boyfriend Joe Genoese, 45, had a fight that prompted people in the next room to call 911 to report a domestic violence disturbance, January 1st, 2009 was also Joe Genoese’s birthday. Officer John Tsakiri and Officer Mike Bazell with the Bradenton Beach Police Department responded to the call.
At 2:05am Sheena places her own 911 call to the Hillsborough County Police where her apartment was located. She wanted the police to help check on her apartment because she stated that Joe Genoese, DOB 1/01/1964, was “going to ruin her apartment because she ruined his life”. Throughout the investigation Det. Lenard Diaz insists that Sheena never made a 911 despite having her cell phone in his possession. Sheena’s phone was in her mother’s name and was able to check the call logs and then obtained the 911 call. Despite being aware of the domestic disturbance just prior to Sheena’s death, her 911 call and not finding any finger prints in the shower (not even hers) they ruled Sheena’s death a suicide.
July 9th, 2012, Syracuse, NY – Family and friends of a Clay woman who died in Florida are trying to get the attention of Florida officials to reopen a probe into the woman’s death by holding simultaneous marches here and in Florida. Sheena Morris, 22, who was born and raised in Central New York, was found hanged in her hotel room on Jan. 1, 2009 on Anna Maria Island in Florida. Her death was ruled a suicide by the Bradenton Beach Police Department.
Morris’ family say they have evidence that proves her death was not a suicide. They want the state to turn the case over to the FBI for a new investigation. “We need to gain awareness and start forcing the hands of the Florida officials down here,” said Kelly Osborn, Morris’ mother “We want the public’s attention. We want justice.” The March For Justice will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:22 a.m. on July 29 at the Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool. Another march will be held at the same time in Tampa, where Morris was living at the time of her death.