Remains Found In Nevada County Could Belong To Missing Hollywood Woman

Posted March 29, 2018

Los Angeles police today were investigating the discovery of a possible shallow grave in Northern California, but authorities would not say if the discovery is related to the search for a model and aspiring actress who disappeared from Hollywood last month.

Last week, Shabani's alleged boyfriend, Christopher Spotz, shot and killed himself after leading police on a stolen auto chase.

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Christopher Spotz, Shabani's boyfriend who was engaged to another woman and killed himself after a police chase last week, is suspected in her death, Los Angeles Police Capt. Billy Hayes said at a news conference Tuesday.

Investigators had been trying to contact Spotz since Shabani's friends reported her missing on February 25.

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. "We can not say that conclusively at this point in time because the conditions of the remains prohibited positive identification", Hayes said at a news conference Tuesday at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters.

Sheriff's officials said Wednesday an autopsy positively identified the remains were Shabani.

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

Adea Shabani is seen in a photo released by LAPD. More details, including Shabani's cause of death, will be known after the autopsy. Their argument ended with Spotz dropping her off when they were driving through Santa Clarita.

During the investigation into her disappearance, PC Hayes said Spotz and his fiancee drove from Los Angeles to her parents' home in Fort Morgan, Colorado, just outside of Denver.

Spotz, 33, had a fiancée while he was dating Shabani, police said. She was a student at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Hollywood and was set to graduate in September, said Jayden Brant, a private investigator hired by her family.

The source said the two were romantically linked, although a friend of Spotz who spoke with KTLA Monday night said he was unaware of a romantic relationship between them.

What looked to be a shallow grave was soon found in the area, detectives say.

Through an attorney, Spotz told detectives that the pair left Los Angeles on a road trip to Spotz's father's house in northern California.