Remember the convicted felon who won the lottery in ’06 and recently went missing? Well Florida police deputies are claiming to have found the remains of his body:
Human remains found buried under recently-added concrete at a home in Plant City, Florida, are likely those of missing lottery millionaire Abraham Shakespeare, police said Thursday. Deputies made the discovery after a tip came in, suggesting investigators would find a body near a home in Plant City, according to CNN affiliate WFTV.
Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said the body was slowly being uncovered. They are awaiting positive identification.
However, Gee said their investigation and information specifically led them to the area after they began to believe he might be dead because of “sinister means and motives.”
“Our indications were it would be there,” Gee said during a news conference Thursday night. Police on Wednesday had scanned the newly finished concrete slabs near the home on Wednesday and removed it. On Thursday, Gee said they discovered the remains buried five feet below the surface, and it appeared the remains had been there for awhile.
Shakespeare, a 43-year-old truck driver, won a $31 million Florida lottery prize in 2006. A year later, he won a court challenge from a fellow trucker who accused Shakespeare of snatching the winning ticket out of his wallet while the two were delivering meat to Miami restaurants.
Shakespeare’s family reported him missing on November 9, telling the Polk County sheriff’s office they hadn’t seen him since April. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said when their investigation began, they had hoped to find Shakespeare alive “and he truly had just wanted to hide from those who were asking him for money.” While they await identification of the remains, police said they would begin to shift their focus to a murder investigation.
“It’s painfully obvious he didn’t get there by himself,” Judd said. Gee said police from Polk and Hillsborough Counties were already working with prosecutors on the case and hope to bring to justice the person responsible for what they believe is clearly cold-blooded murder. “Somebody put that body in that hole,” Gee said. “This isn’t by any means just where we find someone on the side of the road. Somebody has obviously put him there.”
We’ll just have to wait and see if the body is actually that of Abraham Shakespeare, but regardless, this is just a crazy story altogether. What mfers will do over some scrilla…