Remains may be those of missing lotto winner

January 29th, 2010 by – After three days of digging, detectives say they have found human remains in the spot where they were looking for missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare .

“It’s clearly a human body,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee .

Gee stopped short of saying the body was Shakespeare’s, saying the medical examiner’s office would have to confirm the identity.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said deputies were dispatched to the home of Shakespeare’s mother to notify her that remains were found.

After winning the Florida Lottery a few years ago, Shakespeare was accused of stealing the winning ticket from a former co-worker. A jury took just two hours to clear him, and he walked away with $12 million, after taxes.

But Shakespeare had been missing since last April, and detectives say a significant chunk of his money was transferred to the account of Dee Dee Moore, a woman who has been named as a person of interest in the case.

Gee said the human remains were found under the concrete slab that workers broke up yesterday.

“It’s more than five feet down. It’s considerably deep,” Gee said.

Gee said the remains would likely be removed sometime tonight.

Investigators did not say when they would know the identity of the body, but Gee said the process to identify the remains would be a long one.

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