At the end of the Oct. 26 airing of the “Dr. Phil” episode titled New Year’s Mystery, featuring the case of Sheena Morris, 22, who died in a Bradenton Beach motel room on New Year’s Day 2009, the host announced that the Bradenton Beach Police Department had issued a statement.
The statement can be read from BBPD Chief Sam Speciale at www.drphil.com, where the two episodes also are available for viewing.
“On Sept. 19, 2012, we met with Florida Department of Law Enforcement Specialized Multi Agency Review Team in reference to reviewing the Sheena Morris suicide case.
“This team consisted of various experts in the field of law enforcement, for example, medical examiners, crime scene tech, homicide investigators and analysts adding up to over 300 years of experience.
“The team reviewed all of the facts and evidence from the crime scene that was found on the night of the tragedy,” he wrote.
Speciale said he again met with the FDLE Smart Team Oct. 12, where he was presented with investigative suggestions for the case.
“We are in the process of prioritizing these suggestions and, with the assistance of FDLE, are evaluating each suggestion. We have felt comfortable prior to and after the Smart Team was convened regarding our original findings and plan on acting on all suggestions submitted,” he said.
Speciale reiterated that once the suggestions have been followed up, the case would return to the Florida State Attorney’s Office for review.