Remains Found in Shallow NorCal Grave Positively Identified as Missing Hollywood Actress

A decomposed body discovered in a shallow grave in Northern California is believed to be that of a missing young Hollywood model and aspiring actress, Adea Shabani, police announced Tuesday.

Police are treating the death as a homicide and believe the 25-year-old's boyfriend, Christopher Spotz, who killed himself last week after a stand-off with police, was involved, the BBC News reported.

Los Angeles Police Capt. Billy Hayes told a press conference: "We don't believe that was true".

The 25-year-old Shabani was last seen about 11 a.m. February 23 near the 1700 block of Wilcox Avenue, between Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue, not far from her Los Angeles home, police said.

Bringolf did not give any details on the missing person case, but Fox40 in Sacramento, citing a "trusted source close to the investigation", reported that remains found at the site are possibly those of Adea Shabani.

Discrepancies in Spotz's alibi raised warning bells but he disappeared before police could track him down for further questioning. "Adea Shabani. We can not say that conclusively at this point in time because the condition of the remains prohibited positive identification", said William Hayes, the commanding officer of LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division.

Adea Shabani, 25, was last seen February 23, 2018, on Wilcox Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue in Hollywood.

Investigators believe the body is that of 25-year-old Adea Shabani.

An autopsy will be performed Wednesday so that the identity and cause of death could be determined.

Spotz said he and Shabani had an argument in the Santa Clarita area just outside of Los Angeles and that he let her out on the side of a freeway and hadn't seen her again.

Hayes said police began searching for Spotz in hopes of examining his Toyota Tacoma pickup for possible clues.

Detectives are now investigating the scene. Her family has also hired a private investigator. During the investigation into Shabani's disappearance, Hayes said Spotz and his fiancee drove from Los Angeles to her parents' home in Fort Morgan, Colorado. The chase led from Hesperia to the Corona area, where Spotz fatally shot himself, Hayes said. They did eventually gather other information during the search that led them to the shallow grave where the remains were found on Tuesday. They even traveled to his father's home in Northern California to gather more information.

  • Rogelio Becker