Justice 4 Sheena
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A $10,000 $15,000 REWARD is being offered to the person providing information that leads to an arrest & conviction for the murder of Sheena Morris on January 1, 2009
The reward is no longer available. The reward was funded by Sheena's grandfather who has since passed away.
Reward is being provided by the family of Sheena Morris
Jack Trimarco a nationally recognized polygraph expert is owed an apology from Sharon Feola with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Jack Trimarco conducted a polygraph on Joe Genoese in October of 2012 on the Dr. Phil show where Joe Genoese failed his polygraph.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Manatee County State Attorney's Office disputed all the experts involved without contacting any of them including Jack Trimaro.
Jack Trimarco stands by his polygraph 100%. Trimarco has taken a step further and contacted other well known experts asking if his questions were appropriate? Elmer Criswell, Director for PSP/HACC Polygraph Institute at NE Counter Drug Training stated that Trimarco's questions were perfectly legit. Ironically, this is where FDLE's Sharon Feola received her education . Elmer Criswell suggests that Jack Trimarco is owed an apology from Sharon Feola.
Jack Trimarco states that Sharon Feola should not have conducted the 2nd polygraph for the FDLE since she had critiqued Jack Trimarco's polygraph.
Art Brown, Assistant State Attorney in Manatee County never obtained copies of the questions that Trimarco asked Genoese, relying instead on Genoese's recollection of questions that were asked of him during the exam.
Jack Trimarco's polygraph experience: 20 + years
Former Inspector General, U.S. Department of Energy Polygraph Program, Polygraph Unit Chief, F.B.I. Los Angeles Field Office 1991-1998.
Conducted more than 1,100 polygraph examinations in connection with F.B.I. investigations. Selected by the U.S. Department of Justice and the F.B.I. to conduct polygraph examinations in sensitive intelligence matters and criminal investigations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Formerly held top-secret security clearance. Established private practice in 1998. Conducted more than 65 seminars/presentations on interviewing and interrogation and polygraph related matters throughout the United States. Conducted training at the F.B.I. Academy, C.I.A., and U.S. Justice Department. Serves as polygraph examiner for the Dr. Phil Show.
Sharon Feola - FDLE 6 to 7 years polygraph experience
Trained at the Northeast Counter Drug Training Center - 2006
Member of the Florida Polygraph Association
Florida Sex Crimes Investigators Association
Florida Homicide Association
Fraternal Order of Police
Facts regarding how the Bradenton Beach Police Dept handled or mishandled the investigation
At xx:xx the neighbors in the hotel room next door place a 911 call (please note that all times marked with xxxx will be updated in 2 days)
Two officers arrive XXXX and XXXX, as they arrive they pass the boyfriend in the stairway leaving. They quickly find out that it was the boyfriend and they never apprehend him or question him regarding the domestic violence disturbance.
At xxxx Sheena places a 911 call and is transferred to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department asking to have her apartment checked on because she states that her boyfriend was going to her apartment to trash her apartment because she ruined his life.
At XXXX Sheena sends the boyfriend a text message saying “I took pictures” then at xxxx she sends another text, “Your better bet is to stop being an alpha male and keep your hands off women”
(We later learn that no report was made on the domestic violence call and was created after Sheena is found dead.)
The next day at xxxx the police were called to the hotel again. The manager of the hotel had knocked on the door to Sheena and the boyfriend’s hotel room and they heard the two dogs barking. It is the hotels policy to call the police if there is a dog presence. It is not a pet friendly hotel.
The police arrive at xxxx and find Sheena deceased in the shower. At xxxx Detective Lenard Diaz calls Manatee County Sheriff to process the scene. They dusted the shower for fingerprints and they find no fingerprints, not even Sheena’s. All they picked up was a smudge on the showerhead.
During the afternoon the family is trying to locate Sheena after learning about the domestic violence disturbance. The family was still not aware that Sheena was found deceased. At XXXX her mother tries to call Sheena’s cell phone but there was no answer. Just a few minutes later a call comes into her mother’s phone showing it was Sheena. When her mother answers the phone Sheena is not replying, the mother is yelling Sheena’s name and getting no response. She tells her husband “I think Sheena has been kidnapped! There is a man’s voice in the background and Sheena is not answering!” Sheena’s step father takes the phone and begins yelling into. This call lasts for 7 minutes until he hears police radio’s in the background. Sheena’s mother calls 911, dispatch confirms police are at the hotel Sheena was staying but does not confirm it has anything to do with Sheena. The police had called Sheena’s mother with her phone while they were going through her calls. It was stated that call was an accident.
Sometime after the initial call from dispatch Sheena’s mother receives a call back from dispatch again asking where she is, she states she is at home but getting ready to head to Anna Maria Island. They then inform her to stay home and asks for their home address. Some hours later two Hillsborough County Sheriff arrive at her mother’s home to inform her mother of Sheena’s death. (January 1, 2009)
The only items taken into evidence for a few days was her cell phone, computer and the camera Sheena used to take pictures of herself after the domestic violence dispute. Not even all her belongings were taken from the hotel room; many of her things were left behind.
Other items that you would think should have been taken from the room for evidence would be the bottle of Ketel One, Sheena’s drink, the other drink that was on the ledge of the tub with a cigar put out in it, the $2,000 money wrapper, and the pillow that was under the bed amongst other items.
That evening while Sheena’s mother was talking with the Bradenton Beach police after learning of her death she asked several questions such as where was she found? “In the shower” Was there any blood? “NO” Where was her cell phone? “On the counter”. At no time was it explained to the family that she had been found hung. Through that evening and the next day the family tried to think of what may have happened. They thought did she have an aneurism? Did she slip & fall?
It’s not until after the autopsy the family learns that she was found hanged in the shower with her dog’s leash. The medical examiner reports they called the Detective back asking why we weren’t notified or told this information. The family requests to view Sheena and to identify her, the request is denied by the medical examiner stating they didn’t have a viewing facility. The medical examiner informs the family that the toxicology reports will take 8-12 weeks. In less than a week the results of the toxicology tests are back. She is under the legal limit for alcohol and no drugs were found.
******Please note that other details & findings of her family’s investigation are not being included.
On January 2nd, 2009 Det. Lenard Diaz asks Sheena’s boyfriend for his key to the hotel room so that the hotel wouldn’t have to have the expense of changing the locks. He states he never had a key. Although he was entitled to a key he insists he didn’t have one. A couple days later we get Sheena’s suitcase back. When the family gets the suitcase home it is laid out on the floor and the family searches for clues or answers to what may have happened. We discover that Sheena’s purse was almost empty, which was a concern. In addition we observe that Sheena’s boyfriend has her apartment & car keys. Something we don’t understand until later. (While we went through Sheena’s suitcase the following people were present: Sheena’s mother, father, stepfather, stepmother, her two grandmothers and Sheena’s boyfriend.) Her suitcase is then packed up again and wheeled into her mother’s bedroom. Approximately 45 minutes later a key on a seahorse keychain appears on the kitchen counter. Sheena’s father spots this key and questions how it got there. Her mother takes the key and asks the boyfriend how it got there? He states he doesn’t know. At this point the family is concerned and emotions are running high. Sheena’s mother goes back into Sheena’s suitcase to see if the key matching that same key is still in Sheena’s purse and it WAS. Sheena’s mother calls the hotel to confirm that the boyfriend signed for 2 keys. She then asks Det. Diaz who inventoried Sheena’s belongings? Det. Diaz states he did, he is then asked how many of those keys with the seahorse keychain were in her belongings? He states only one. Therefore, we know that there was only one way that this key could have gotten on the kitchen counter. However the boyfriend states we must have put the keys there upon going through her suitcase. This not the case.
(Sheena’s dogs were removed from the hotel room and taken to a pound. Sheena’s mother has since adopted both of her dogs and with the assistance of Sheena’s father, they are loved and well cared for.)
Two services were held for Sheena. January 6, 2009 in Tampa and in Sheena’s hometown of Central New York on January 9, 2009. She was laid to rest on January 10, 2009 in Central New York.
When Sheena’s parents and step parents returned to Tampa to pack her apartment they follow up with Det. Lenard Diaz. Sheena’s mother asked the detective if he had questioned the boyfriend as part of his investigation. Det. Diaz’s response was “No. Why? Should I?
After hearing this, the family requests a meeting with Det. Diaz. On January 21, 2009 her mother and step father meet with the detective. They had asked him if he had questioned the nearby pubs to see if Sheena may have left her room after the police left the domestic violence call. No, he did not. They asked the detective what he was going to do with this case. He said he couldn’t do anything until the medical examiner’s report was back. Her mother asked then what your gut is. Humor me. Det. Diaz answered, “It’s a suicide, because the other wouldn’t be…… (As he started to say, good) then he said sorry for your loss. It is 21 days later and the family is concerned why the boyfriend isn’t questioned or even visually examined for abrasions etc since there was a domestic violence call. Finally, the detective talks with the boyfriend briefly but it is 22 days later.
Bradenton Beach police department is a small department of only approx 10 officers. Anna Maria Island is a small tourist beach town.
Sheena’s mother asked Det. Diaz on several occasions about Sheena’s 911 phone call. Det. Diaz insist that Sheena never made a 911 phone even though he had her phone to view the call logs he still insisted she didn’t make a 911 call and that only the people in the room next door made the call. Since Sheena’s phone was in her mother’s name she knew that Sheena made a 911 call. Her mother later receives the 911 call upon her own research however; Det. Diaz still has no interest in the details of that call for investigational purposes. Det. Diaz did not find it necessary to do any further investigation of Sheena’s death after he leaves the hotel room.
10 months after Sheena’s death the family hires an attorney to assist them with their own investigation and to get some questions answered. One of the requests was to have the boyfriends alibi questioned. When Det. Diaz questions this person, Det. Diaz somehow finds it appropriate to do this over the phone and not in person. There were also additional questions that need to be asked of the boyfriend and while Det. Diaz complies with this request from the attorney he contacts the boyfriend on the phone because the boyfriend was busy.
In the last 24 months Sheena’s mother, Kelly Osborn takes on the investigation herself with the support of her husband, Sheena’s father Dave Morris and Sheena’s stepmother. The support from Sheena’s friends has also been crucial during the last 2 years. Kelly’s full-time job as a real estate professional took to the back burner, with the loss of her income she still fights for a fair investigation into the death of the family’s only child. The Bradenton Beach Police Department categorized the family as “being in denial”. The question remains as to how her death could be ruled a suicide without a proper investigation.
Two fund raisers were held in order for the family to have Sheena’s body exhumed and have Dr. Baden perform a second autopsy. The family still has not received his final report from the autopsy. Sheena’s mother insisted on going through the crime photos with Dr. Baden, after having set several conference calls to do this and the calls being re-scheduled or the disc’s not working for Dr. Baden, then new copies being sent to him on a USB external flash drive this seemed to still be a problem in having Dr. Baden review them. Kelly then insists on a face to face meeting with Dr. Baden in NYC. At this meeting Dr. Baden does review the photos with Kelly but states he is not a crime scene investigator.
After Sheena was exhumed we had the jewelry from her boyfriend removed from her. The engagement ring approx 3 carats in size and was taken to be appraised. This ring turned out to be nothing more than a mere piece of glass. It wasn’t a surprise to the family since they had suspected all along it was a fake. Sheena also wouldn’t wear the ring for awhile because she also thought it was fake but the boyfriend was finally able to convince Sheena that the ring was real.
Finally in November of 2010 Kelly meets a detective while volunteering on a search for a missing person. When the detective asked Kelly how or why she got involved with the search she explained it was important to help other families and their causes during the most troubling times of their lives. She then explained the situation with Sheena. He proceeded to ask many questions and referred her to some people to assist her. A team of experts which included a detective, 2 forensic pathologists and 3 Certified Level III Criminal Investigators agreed to view the police reports, crime scene photos and the autopsy photos. The next steps from here will remain confidential for now and this case will continue to be pursued considering the latest information.
No one has been charged or accused for her death. No one is being accused but many things remain unanswered. The findings of the family’s investigation is that her death was not a suicide. Kelly and the family will not release the findings of their investigation to Det. Diaz since they do not feel the information will not be handled professionally as previously demonstrated. Chief Sam Speciale will not meet with the family or return any calls. Ed Brodsky, Assistant State Attorney gave us a very brief meeting. He said I heard you looked at the crime scene photos so it is what it is.
Here are some facts that took place leading up to her death
Sheena and her boyfriend were fighting on Christmas night after leaving her mother’s home.
There is a text message from Sheena explaining why she didn’t want to go to Anna Maria Island with her ex-boyfriend (the relationship was ended on Christmas night). In her text message Sheena said she didn’t want to go because she didn’t want to leave her babies on New Year’s Eve. Her two babies are her two Yorkshire Terriers.
The night of her death Sheena is texting with her cousin because her cousin went into labor with her first child. Sheena is excited and telling people she is going to be an “auntie”. Sheena was planning to go to NY to help her cousin with the baby for 10 days. Sheena is so excited about this baby she is texting a friend’s mother to ask if she is X centimeters dilated when she will give birth? The baby was born in Sheena’s passing. She did not get the notification she had been born.
The waitress who waited on her a few hours before she died said Sheena was in great spirits, looked beautiful, and was upbeat and happy.
Sheena was communicating with many of her friends via text messaging wishing them happy new years and making future plans with several of them.
For security reasons, this person will remain unnamed here. She saw Sheena just before leaving for Anna Maria Island, Sheena stated that she was happy the relationship was over.
Once we learned how Sheena’s death was considered to be a suicide we had requested the boyfriends SunPass records. The SunPass is the device used to pay tolls electronically. The records show him and Sheena going over the Sunshine Skyway to get to Anna Maria Island but never show his return. This takes place on New Year’s Eve/ New Years in the middle of the night after a night of drinking and fighting. It was reported that he was drinking doubles of his regular beverage of preference. We are not sure as to why he had chosen to stop and pay the toll vs. using the Sunpass. By not using the Sunpass it does not record the time he allegedly went over the Sunshine Skyway to return to his home.
It wasn’t until the day Sheena was missing on January 1, 2009 did her ex-boyfriend spoken of Sheena being suicidal or bi-polar. There are no records of or knowledge other than his he reported that day of Sheeena being depressed & bi-polar. Sheena was not on anti depressants or diagnosed as bi-polar.
In conclusion, we do not know who was involved in Sheena death for certain and there has been no charges filed. We do know according to the crime scene photos that it was a “staged crime scene” and the Bradenton Beach Police deny the family a proper and professional investigation into Sheena’s death. We ask the question…. WHY? Is it political? Is there corruption? Is it due to budgetary constraints? Is it because the domestic violence call was mishandled?
We also ask…why the officer’s who last saw Sheena alive would refuse Kelly a meeting to discuss the domestic violence disturbance. One officer was off duty after leaving the hotel room, the other officer responded to a situation at the pub next door to the hotel room.
Why does Chief Sam Speciale not return any calls to Kelly Osborn the mother of the deceased? Why wouldn’t he provide or respond to Kelly’s request of Det. Diaz’s personnel file containing any or if any disciplinary records? Political? Corrupt? Lack of funding? We aren’t sure yet but we will not give up in getting these answers. While the police reports are very poorly written they are officers of the law and have been trained, so we can only assume that according to the Florida Administrative Code that there is a violation of a moral character.
February 9, 2010 - lab work sent out for re-testing from the medical examiner's office.
(Lab tests have come back, Blood alcohol content came back even lower and under the legal limit)
March 8th, 2010 was the broadcast with Gale St. John and Brian Ladd. You will hear much more of Sheena's death and details in this two hour broadcast.
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