The remains found in a rural cement grave were identified today to be those of missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, authorities confirmed to ABCNews.com.
The 47-year-old from Lakeland, Fla., hasn't been seen since April, even though he wasn't reported missing until November. His disappearance has churned up a cast of characters who, police say, may have been more interested in the $31 million he won in the lottery than in his life.
The remains were found Thursday after days of digging in the woods on a rural property in Plant City, Fla., and after heavy equipment had been brought in to break through a large piece of concrete. An autopsy today confirmed that the body was that of Shakespeare. The identity was determined through fingerprints, the sheriff's office said.
"There had been a 30-foot-by-30-foot concrete slab that had been poured," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter. "The human remains had been found about five feet under the concrete."
Shakespeare's family was devastated by the news.
"I just hope he didn't suffer,'' cousin Cynthia Johnson said, according to TampaBayOnline.com. "He was a good person. He was just used. They manipulated him because they know he didn't know any better.''
Authorities are not saying where the tip came from or even when it came in. Public records show the property off Highway 60 is owned by Shar Krasniqi, the man Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has identified as the boyfriend of Dee Dee Moore.
Moore is the only person to have been named a person of interest in the case, though no charges have been filed. Moore's business, American Medical Professionals, is listed in Krasniqi's name.
Carter declined to comment on what exactly was found in the grave, only that it was clear the body had been there for a while.
Detectives and forensic experts were back on the scene today, she said, looking for more evidence. It has been deemed a homicide scene since Monday when the search began.
Judd had some harsh words for Moore, who told the Florida newspaper The Ledger last year that her house had been searched and she was being questioned, even though she had only tried to help him flee a life that had gotten only more complicated ever since he won $31 million on a 2007 winning ticket.
She told the paper that Shakespeare had "planned on running" and that he had "planned on not coming back." She said the lottery winner was "tired of fighting child-support battles in court" and was sick of people "badgering him for money."
But two weeks ago, Judd said in a press release that they were preparing for the worst.
"Dee Dee Moore is a con artist, and if she tried to sell me anything, I certainly wouldn't buy it," Judd said. "Dee Dee Moore has cheated Abraham Shakespeare out of his money, and possibly his life."
According to Polk County authorities, Moore had made several attempts to make it look as if Shakespeare had been communicating with his family -- offering someone a $200,000 house in exchange for reporting a false sighting, sending his son $5,000 in cash for his birthday and sending text messages -- even though Shakespeare had already disappeared.