Body Found in Nevada County Identified as Missing Actress Adea Shabani

29 March, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Adea Shabani went missing in February

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.

Shabani was reported missing February 23 and was last spotted on a security camera at around 1.15 pm as she left her Hollywood residence with her alleged boyfriend Chris Spotz.

Authorities say Shabani's death has been determined to be homicide but the cause of death has not been determined, despite visible blunt force trauma to the head. At the time, she was with a fellow aspiring actor named Christopher Spotz, who fatally himself last week following a police chase in Riverside County.

The search for Shabani intensified after Spotz, 33, led police on a chase east of Los Angeles after they attempted to pull him over and took his own life at some point during the stand-off. They're also trying to determine whether anyone else might be involved in Shabani's disappearance or death, he added.

A native of Macedonia, Shabani moved to the USA less than two years ago to pursue an acting career.

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 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.


Concerned friends reported her missing after she failed to show up for an important acting class and stopped responding to calls or text messages. Hayes said detectives found nothing that corroborated that statement.

Detectives issued a warrant for Spotz's truck.

He told cops the pair had an argument during the drive and he let her out on the side of motorway, but didn't see her again, officers say. Meanwhile, detectives and sheriff's volunteers fanned out across the Lake of the Woods wildlife area, looking for any sign of Shabani.

About a week later, detectives went to Colorado to try to talk to Spotz and look at his Toyota Tacoma - the last vehicle in which Shabani was seen alive, Hayes said.

Spotz killed himself shortly after the pursuit ended, according to officials. On March 22, San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies found Spotz in his auto in the area of the 10 and 15 Freeways.

Two days later, the LAPD sent a dive team back to the wildlife area to look for Shabani, Hayes said.

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