Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare's remains may be near Plant City, says Polk sheriff

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."

Kevin Smetana can be reached at or (813) 661-2439.

Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare's remains may be near Plant City, says Polk sheriff 01/27/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 8:43am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Federal study says humans harmed by dispersant used during Deepwater Horizon


    A first-of-its-kind scientific study has determined that the dispersant BP sprayed at the oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010 harmed human health.

  2. Across Tampa Bay, local commercial banks and credit unions appear healthy


    In another sign of economic vitality, Florida's home-grown banking industry demonstrated strong bench strength in the latest quarterly analysis by Bauer Financial. The vast majority of commercial banks with headquarters in Florida received five "stars" from Bauer, which is the highest ranking of health on its 0-to-5 …

    Several years ago, First Home Bank in Seminole faced regulators breathing down its neck for inaedquate controls and financial weakness. Under CEO 
Anthony N. Leo, the bank has rebounded. It received a top-rated "5" star rating from Bauer Financial in the latest quarter. Most area banks are doing better these days. [SCOTT KEELER      |     TIMES]
  3. Two linemen lose their wedding rings in Tampa Bay. So far one has been found and returned.

    Human Interest

    Two linemen who spent days restoring power in the Tampa Bay area had the same unfortunate mishap: They lost their wedding rings.

    Facebook helped Michael White find the wedding ring he lost while helping restore power in Tampa Bay.
  4. Need is now for new mental health center at Bay Pines, veterans say


    ST. PETERSBURG — Veteran Ellsworth "Tony" Williams says the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's new mental health center will help fill an immediate need.

    The new mental health center at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System stands four stories tall and was built at a cost of $92 million. It will centralize services that before were scattered. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Staff]
  5. GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow


    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program.

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in July.  McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week. [Associated Press]