UPDATE: Body of Missing Lottery Winner Positively Identified

I had previously posted an article about Abraham Shakespeare, 43, who won a $31 million Florida lottery prize in 2006. 3 yrs later he had gone missing and foul play was suspected. ($30 Million Lottery Winner Missing…Feared Dead)



Human remains found buried under recently added concrete at a home in Plant City, Florida, have been positively identified as Abraham Shakespeare, the Florida lottery winner who mysteriously disappeared after winning a $30 million jackpot, police said Thursday. As previously reported he was awarded $17 million in lump sum lottery payments before going missing in April 2009. His family did not report his disappearance until November.

Deputies made the discovery after a tip came in, suggesting investigators would find a body near a home in Plant City, according to CNN affiliate WFTV. Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said the body was slowly being uncovered. They are awaiting positive identification. However, Gee said their investigation and information specifically led them to the area after they began to believe he might be dead because of “sinister means and motives.” “Our indications were it would be there,” Gee said during a news conference Thursday night. Police on Wednesday had scanned the newly finished concrete slabs near the home on Wednesday and removed it. On Thursday, Gee said they discovered the remains buried five feet below the surface, and it appeared the remains had been there for awhile. The home is connected to Dorris Moore, a woman who’s been living in the same home Shakespeare bought with his winnings and who now is being named as a “person of interest” in his death.

Shakespeare, a 43-year-old truck driver, won a $31 million Florida lottery prize in 2006. A year later, he won a court challenge from a fellow trucker who accused Shakespeare of snatching the winning ticket out of his wallet while the two were delivering meat to Miami restaurants. Shakespeare’s family reported him missing on November 9, telling the Polk County sheriff’s office they hadn’t seen him since April. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said when their investigation began, they had hoped to find Shakespeare alive “and he truly had just wanted to hide from those who were asking him for money.” While they await identification of the remains, police said they would begin to shift their focus to a murder investigation.

“It’s painfully obvious he didn’t get there by himself,” Judd said. Gee said police from Polk and Hillsborough Counties were already working with prosecutors on the case and hope to bring to justice the person responsible for what they believe is clearly cold-blooded murder. “Somebody put that body in that hole,” Gee said. “This isn’t by any means just where we find someone on the side of the road. Somebody has obviously put him there.” (source)