Body Found in Nevada County Identified as Missing Actress Adea Shabani

LAPD looking at shallow grave that could be related to missing Hollywood model-actress

The remains discovered in a shallow grave in Northern California have been positively identified as belonging to missing Hollywood actress and aspiring model Adea Shabani.

"The condition of that body was... it wasn't in pristine condition", said Sheriff's Lt. Rob Bringolf.

Bringolf said Los Angeles police detectives searching for 25-year-old Adea Shabani led investigators to the grave 56 miles (90 kilometers) north of Sacramento.

The 25-year-old was last seen in Hollywood on February 23, having recently moved to the United States from Macedonia to pursue a modeling and acting career. "We want to make sure we don't miss any critical evidence".

An autopsy is planned on Wednesday to confirm the identity of the body.

Final determination of her cause of death is dependent upon toxicology and tissue analysis.

Shabani was last seen in Hollywood a month ago.

She was last seen leaving her apartment in Hollywood with her boyfriend, 33-year-old Chris Spotz, on February 23.

Hayes said Tuesday investigators believe Shabani's death was a homicide and that Spotz was involved.


"At this point and time, we believe that those remains are the body of Ms. Adea Shabani", an LAPD spokesperson said.

Shabani, who would have turned 26 earlier this month, graduated from high school in Skopje, Macedonia, and attended college in Paris, according to her Facebook profile.

Detectives are now investigating the scene.

Spotz had previously told detectives that he and Shabani were driving to Northern California when they got into an argument and he dropped her off along a road in Santa Clarita, though that story did not add up.

Investigators had previously searched the Lake of the Woods wildlife area in Nicolaus, California to no avail before they found the remains in Nevada County, Hayes explained.

With the discovery of the remains, police are suspecting Shabani's disappearance and death ties to her boyfriend, Christopher Spotz, 33.

On Thursday, he led police on a chase after they tried to pull him over in LA before he fatally shot himself in the head.

About a week later, detectives went to Colorado to try to talk to Spotz and look at his Toyota Tacoma - the last vehicle in which Shabani was seen alive, Hayes said. On March 22, San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies found Spotz in his auto in the area of the 10 and 15 Freeways.

Police believe the remains found are of Adea Shabani.

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