LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles police believe that they have found the remains of an aspiring model and actress, who has been missing since February, in a shallow grave 50 miles north of Sacramento.
Adea Shabani was last seen the morning of February 23 near her home located in the 1700 block of Wilcox Avenue in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was reported missing by worried friends and family after she failed to respond to text messages. Volunteers posted flyers, and her family offered a $25,000 reward for information.
Shabani, originally from Macedonia, had been in Los Angeles less than two years at the time of her disappearance.
Officials found the remains in Lake of the Woods State Wildlife Area. “At this point and time, we believe that those remains are the body of Ms. Adea Shabani,” William Hayes, commanding officer of LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division, said at a press conference.
“We cannot say that conclusively at this point in time, because the condition of the remains prohibited positive identification,” he said. “We believe this to be a homicide.”
An autopsy will be performed to determine Shabani’s cause and manner of death.
In a dramatic development, Shabani’s boyfriend, whom the LAPD believe was involved in her death, killed himself last week during a police chase. Chris Spotz, a 33-year-old aspiring actor, led authorities on a chase from Hesperia to Corona in a stolen Toyota Tacoma. Spotz, who had reportedly just returned to the area from Colorado where he was with his fiancée, fatally shot himself.
California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dan Olivas has previously announced that the stolen Toyota Tacoma had “possibly been used in a homicide.”
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Main photo: Adea Shabani [Los Angeles Police Department]