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Human remains are confirmed as missing Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare

PLANT CITY — The human remains found Thursday night at a home on State Road 60 have been confirmed as those of missing Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed his identity through fingerprints. The cause of death is not yet known, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Authorities found the remains after three days of searching under a 30-foot by 30-foot concrete slab at 5802 State Road 60 E.

Property records show the site is owned by Shar Krasniqi, reported by Polk authorities to be the boyfriend of Dorice "DeeDee" Moore of Lakeland, a person of interest in Shakespeare's disappearance.

Moore rents the home to attorney Howard Stitzel for use as an office, said Stitzel's attorney, Glen Lansky.

In January 2009, Stitzel assisted in the transfer of several mortgages to American Medical Professionals PEO, a company that Moore started in late 2007, according to state records.

The company's mailing address is listed as 9340 Redhawk Bend Drive, which is in the Lakeland area. Shakespeare bought that home for about $1 million in 2007 and sold it to American Medical Professionals for $655,000 in 2009, Polk County records show.

Lansky said Stitzel has cooperated with law enforcement officials and will continue to do so.

"He's not involved in any way with any wrongdoing," Lansky said.

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Human remains are confirmed as missing Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare 01/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 3:34pm]
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