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Plant City investigation linked to missing Lotto winner

PLANT CITY — Deputies were using shovels, metal detectors and surveying equipment Tuesday to investigate a grassy lot next to a Plant City area home owned by the boyfriend of Dorice "DeeDee" Moore.

Moore of Lakeland was publicly called a "person of intense interest" this week by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in the disappearance of Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare, missing since April.

The home is owned by Shar Krasniqi, Hillsborough County records show.

"As far as we know, they are boyfriend and girlfriend," said Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer.

On Monday, detectives arrested Lakeland police Officer Troy McKay Young, 42, in connection with the Shakespeare case. Investigators think Moore paid Young to give her information he obtained through law enforcement databases.

Deputies and representatives from Polk and Hillsborough state attorney's offices spent Tuesday morning at Krasniqi's home, ringed with yellow crime scene tape.

The house is at 5802 State Road 60 near Farkas Road, not far from Turkey Creek Road.

Authorities would not discuss the reason for the search; nor would they directly link it to the Shakespeare investigation.

Hillsborough deputies said only that they were assisting Polk deputies on a complicated case.

"We're probably going to be here several days doing this investigation," Hillsborough sheriff's Col. Albert Frost said at a news conference. "We have a lot of unanswered questions that we need to get answered. If I told you anything, I'd be guessing."

Frost said there was no cause for the public to be alarmed.

Evidence markers dotted the scene, but officials wouldn't say whether they found anything.

"It's a pending investigation," Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober said. "We will let you know when we can."

Shakespeare was working day labor in 2006 when he won a $31 million jackpot and took $11 million in a lump sum after taxes.

Deputies think Moore befriended Shakespeare in late 2008 and earned his trust, telling him she was a writer who wanted to do a story on him.

Within three months, she told authorities she bought Shakespeare's $1.1 million house in Lakeland, set up Abraham Shakespeare LLC to take over his financial affairs, and divorced her husband of 17 years, the owner of a fill-dirt company.

She videotaped Shakespeare as she questioned him about any plans to leave Lakeland, as he was fed up with people's frequent requests for money.

Moore lives in the home Shakespeare bought and is no longer cooperating with deputies. Though Shakespeare hasn't been seen since April, no one reported him missing until November.

News researcher John Martin contributed to this report, which also contains information from Times files.

Hillsborough and Polk sheriff’s deputies search in a lot north of State Road 60 near Turkey Creek Road west of Plant City.

SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

Hillsborough and Polk sheriff’s deputies search in a lot north of State Road 60 near Turkey Creek Road west of Plant City.

Plant City investigation linked to missing Lotto winner 01/26/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 11:38pm]
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