Human Remains Found in California May Be Linked to Missing Actress

Human Remains Found in California May Be Linked to Missing Actress

LOS ANGELES Detectives believe an aspiring model and actress from Macedonia who had been missing for more than a month was killed and dumped in a shallow grave in Northern California, police said today.

Then, last Thursday, a 33-year-old man thought to be Shabani's boyfriend shot and killed himself in the Corona area after a lengthy police chase involving a stolen Toyota Tacoma, a source told KTLA.

"Our homicide detectives along with our coroner's division unearthed what appear to be the remains of an adult female", the Nevada County Sheriff's Office said.

Shabani was last seen in Hollywood on February 23, according to an Los Angeles Police Department news release obtained by PEOPLE. "We can not say that conclusively at this point in time because the conditions of the remains prohibited positive identification", Hayes said at a news conference Tuesday at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters.

"At this point in time we believe that those remains are the body of Miss Adea Shabani".

However, investigators believe it is that of the 25-year-old model who had moved to Hollywood from Macedonia and was last seen on February 23 near the 1700 block of Wilcox Avenue, between Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue. "I can't be definitive as to the cause and manner of death".

Later that week, Spotz made a statement through an attorney saying he and Shabani were driving to Northern California together when they argued near Santa Clarita, Hayes said.

When police couldn't find Spotz or his truck, Hayes said, they alerted other law enforcement agencies that they were looking for the vehicle. She had been living in the area for less than two years.

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

According to detectives with the LAPD, investigators received information that led them to the shallow grave, where they discovered the human remains of a young woman, though they have not yet positively identified the remains as those of Shabani.

Shabani's family previously offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to her location. He said an autopsy on Wednesday would confirm whether the body is that of 25-year-old Adea Shabani.

LAPD detectives traveled all over California and to Colorado to try to track down Shabani, officials said Tuesday.

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