Remains found in search for missing lotto winner

11:53 PM, Jan 28, 2010   |    comments
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  • Polk Sheriff Grady Judd (left) and Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee (right) tell reporters that the remains of a body has been found in their search for missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
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UPDATE: Human remains identified as missing lotto winner

Plant City, Florida - Investigators searching for the body of a missing lottery winner from Polk County have found remains on a property off Highway 60 near Plant City.

"Its going to be a long process as far as the identification," Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said.  Gee said the body had been there for some time.

The body will be removed overnight.  The medical examiner will have to determine if the remains are that of Abraham Shakespeare.

The remains were found under a 30' x 30' concrete slab.

On Wednesday afternoon a large excavator began breaking up a cement slab in back of the house. According to county records, the house is owned by Shar Krasniqi. Judd has called Krasniqi the boyfriend of DeeDee Moore.

Moore befriended Shakespeare and Judd says Moore acquired nearly $2 million worth of Shakespeare's cash and assets. Shakespeare was last seen in April and Moore is considered a "person of interest" in his disappearance.

"She has a lawyer and is not cooperating at this time," Judd says of Moore.

Friends say Shakespeare used to come to a neighborhood food market nearly every day just to chat and hangout with friends. Those visits continued even after he took a lump sum payout of $17 million from the lottery.

"He didn't dress fancy. He did things out of the kindness of his heart and I think people took advantage of that," says friend Terry Denson.

Shakespeare hasn't been seen since April 2009 and while his friends long for answers, with investigators digging for a body, they dread the answer they might just get.

Thomas admits, "It doesn't seem or look good right now." 

Kathryn Bursch, 10 Connects

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