The search for Adea Shabani, the aspiring actress who went missing in late February, has finally ended after her remains were discovered buried in a shallow grave. The body of the 25-year-old Shabani was found in the Spenceville Wildlife Area in Northern California, more than 400 miles from where she was last seen, BBC News reported.
The Macedonia-born Shabani was identified by her tattoos, according to officials of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Police are treating her case as a possible homicide after Shabani was discovered through a post-mortem examination on Wednesday to have suffered from blunt force trauma to the head.
Authorities are still waiting for toxicology and tissue analysis results to determine the official cause of death.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Captain William Hayes of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division said he believes “something happened” to Shabani that is “somewhat untoward.” Hayes indicated that it’s possible “there was foul play involved.”
Police are looking at the possible connection of Christopher Spotz, 33, to Shabani’s death. Spotz, who was believed to be in a relationship with the aspiring actress, killed himself last week when police cornered him in Riverside County after a chase while driving a Toyota Tacoma, Daily News reported.
During the investigation for Shabani’s disappearance, Spotz released a statement through his lawyer saying the two got into an argument while on their way to Northern California. Spotz, who was engaged to another woman, said he dropped Shabani off in the Santa Clarita area, which was around 25 miles from her place. He claimed he hasn’t seen her since.
Authorities are examining the pickup truck, along with a rental car that Spotz used during a trip to Colorado with his fiancee in early March.
Shabani moved to Los Angeles after finishing high school in Macedonia to pursue a career in Hollywood. She got a bit part as a waitress in the 2017 film, All or Nothing. Shabani has been living in L.A. for less than two years before her death.
Shabani was last seen alive on February 23 with Spotz as she left her apartment. She was carrying luggage.