Polk County, Florida - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd named a person of interest in the case of a missing lottery winner.
43-year-old Abraham Shakespeare was reported missing on November 9, 2009. He won the lottery in April 2006. He took a lump sum that amounted to over 12 million after taxes.
Today Judd said that the more his detectives look into the case, the more they're convinced Shakespeare may have been murdered.
Judd says that 37-year-old Dorice Donegan "DeeDee" Moore is a person of interest to his detectives. Detectives say Moore began using Shakespeare's cell phone in April 2009 to text Shakespeare's relatives and friend in an effort to have them believe it was Shakespeare trying to contact them.
They also believe Moore offered to give away a $200,000 home in exchange for someone making a false report of a sighting of Shakespeare. And they also say she paid one of his relatives $5,000 to hand deliver a birthday card to his mother with cash that was supposedly from her son.
Moore has said in published reports that she helped Shakespeare disappear. She said he was unhappy with the way friends and relatives were tugging at him.
Sheriff Judd says he hopes Shakespeare is indeed enjoying a drink on a Caribbean beach, but his detectives think Shakespeare may have been murdered.
No charges have been filed in this case.
There is now a $10,000 reward for information on Shakespeare. He's a black male, with brown eyes and black hair. He is approximately 6'5" and weighs about 190 pounds.
If you have any information call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is guaranteed.