Remains found in shallow grave thought to belong to missing model

Saul Bowman
March 29, 2018

LAPD detectives have responded to Northern California to investigate a suspected shallow grave as they continue their search for an actress who has been missing for more than a month, authorities said Tuesday.

On Feb. 23 Shabani was last seen leaving her home with a fellow aspiring actor named Christopher Spotz, 33, who fatally shot himself last week during a police chase in Riverside County.

They are looking into whether Shabani's boyfriend Christopher Spotz, who died by suicide on 22 March after a stand-off with police, played a role in her death. LAPD had contacted the office Monday to notify sheriff's officials that they were working an active missing persons case in the area. As part of the investigation, detectives could not corroborate details of Spotz's account and continued to look into his story.

Adea had been living in Los Angeles for two years when she went missing. Security camera footage last caught Shabani leaving her apartment with Spotz.

Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Angeles Police Department said: 'At this point in time, we believe that those remains are the body of Miss. Her family also had hired a private investigator and announced a $25,000 reward for any further information leading to her return.

"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.

PC Hayes said detectives suspect that the model has been dead for more than a month and suspect Spotz to behind her death.

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. She was last seen two days earlier getting into a auto with Spotz. The captain said Spotz had at one point retained an attorney and that the investigation into Shabani's disappearance also took them to homes in Northern California and Colorado where Spotz has family.

The chase and standoff started when San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies ran a license plate check and discovered Spotz was driving a stolen pickup truck that had been reported as having "possibly been used in a homicide which had occurred in Los Angeles County", a California Highway Patrol statement obtained by the Mercury News said.

Spotz killed himself shortly after the pursuit ended, according to officials.

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