PLANT CITY — The body of a missing Lotto jackpot winner could be buried behind a house near Plant City, authorities said Wednesday.
"We've got information that leads us to believe that Abraham Shakespeare may be here," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Deputies from Hillsborough and Polk counties began digging Tuesday at 5802 State Road 60 near Turkey Creek Road. On Wednesday, they brought in heavy machinery to break through concrete and archeologists to help with the excavation.
Shakespeare, 43, has been missing since April.
Dorice "DeeDee" Moore of Lakeland has been identified as a person of interest in the disappearance. Shar Krasniqi, thought to be her boyfriend, owns the property being searched.
Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee didn't say what evidence, if any, has been found at the site. He expects the work to last at least through today.
"We're doing a full-scale search," the sheriff said. "It's going to take a while, trying to go through it methodically."
On Monday, detectives arrested Lakeland police officer Troy McKay Young, 42, in connection with the case. Investigators think Moore paid Young for information obtained from law enforcement databases.
In 2006, Shakespeare won a $31 million jackpot and took $11 million in a lump sum. Deputies think Moore befriended the missing man after his win. She told authorities she bought Shakespeare's $1.1 million Lakeland home, set up Abraham Shakespeare LLC to take over his financial affairs, and divorced her husband of 17 years.
"We know a whole lot more than we're sharing with y'all," Judd said. "But we will. It will be very interesting."
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