Remains found believed to be missing model in California, police say

Adea Shabani

Adea Shabani

Adea Shabani, the missing actress who vanished from her Hollywood home last month, may be the body discovered in a shallow grave in a rural Nevada wildlife area, police believe. "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.

Shabani was last seen alive on the afternoon of February 23, when she and Spotz left her Wilcox Avenue apartment together, Hayes said.

Shabani had been missing since February and had moved to LA to study acting.

Discrepancies in Spotz's alibi raised warning bells but he disappeared before police could track him down for further questioning. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning, which will positively identify the remains and provide the cause of death, authorities said. Police say they believe a body found in a shallow Northern California grave may be Shabani.

"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. Security camera footage last caught Shabani leaving her apartment with Spotz.

Captain Hayes said the aspiring actress is now believed to be dead and a homicide investigation has been launched.

Shabani had been living in Los Angeles for two years when she went missing.

Detectives are now investigating the scene. "They had an intimate relationship, boyfriend-girlfriend", Hayes said Tuesday. Her family hired a private investigator and offered a $25,000 reward for information on her whereabouts - but it turned up no answers.

Investigators had previously searched the Lake of the Woods wildlife area in Nicolaus, California to no avail before they found the remains in Nevada County, Hayes explained.

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.

Last Thursday night, a North Hollywood man authorities suspect was involved in Shabani's disappearance fatally shot himself during a law enforcement chase from Hesperia to the Corona area.

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