Who Is Adea Shabani? Missing California Actress' Body Believed To Be Found


Remains found in a shallow grave in Northern California this week were positively identified as those of a 25-year-old woman who had been missing since last month, officials confirmed Wednesday.

PEOPLE confirms that investigators have impounded the Tacoma and a crime scene unit has been combing it for forensic evidence related to the Shabani case. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

But as they wait for a positive identification, a trusted source close to the investigation tells KTXL that the remains are possibly of Shabani.

Detectives were soon led to a bank of Dry Creek that runs through the Spencerville Wildlife Area. The Los Angeles Police Department contacted law enforcement officials there on Monday to notify them that they were working an active missing persons case in the area. Police say they believe a body found in a shallow Northern California grave may be Shabani.

Los Angeles police said Tuesday that they believe Christopher Spotz, a 33-year-old man who police say had an "intimate relationship" with Shabani, was involved in her disappearance.

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

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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, just outside of Denver.

She came from Macedonia and had been in Los Angeles less than two years, according to her friends.

Shabani was last seen in Hollywood a month ago.

"Sometime during the week of February 25, Spotz released a statement that he had been traveling north to Northern California with Miss Shabani", Hayes said. Investigators weren't able to verify Spotz's account, he said, prompting Robbery-Homicide detectives to take over the case.

"At some point in time, they had an argument and that the argument occurred somewhere in the area of Santa Clarita and that he let her out of the vehicle and had not seen her since", he said. At some point, information led authorities to the lake at the Woods Wildlife Area in Nicholas, California, but were not successful in finding anything. Spotz fatally shot himself in the head after the short pursuit.

LAPD issued a warrant for the vehicle to be stopped and, consequently, deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Station located Spotz and the truck near the intersection of freeways I-10 and I-15.