Remains of missing Hollywood actress believed to have been found

Shabani sit outside the actress's apartment building as a memorial following the news that remains found in Northern California are believed by LAPD to be hers

POLICE say a body found dumped in a shallow grave is believed to be that of an aspiring actress and model who went missing in LA last month.

Police said a North Hollywood actor, believed to be the missing model's boyfriend, killed himself following a dramatic police chase last week, and the authorities believe he was involved in her death.

"Something happened, and I believe it to be somewhat untoward - that there was foul play involved", Capt. William Hayes of the Los Angeles Police Department told a press conference.

The Nevada County Sheriff's Office said the body was identified Wednesday morning through tattoos.

When Spotz committed suicide in a stolen pick-up truck on Thursday, police said they were still investigating Ms Shabni's disappearance as a missing persons case. During the investigation into Shabani's disappearance, Hayes said Spotz and his fiancee drove from Los Angeles to her parents' home in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Los Angeles police found what's believed to be her body on Monday some 430 miles away in a shallow grave by a creek in the Spenceville Wildlife Area, California.

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.

LAPD looking at shallow grave that could be related to missing Hollywood model-actress
Body found dumped in shallow grave believed to be missing actress and model Adea Shabani

She came from Macedonia and had been in Los Angeles less than two years, according to her friends.

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.

"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. Her family hired a private investigator and offered a $25,000 reward for information on her whereabouts - but it turned up no answers.

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

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 detectives tried to track him down there, Spotz was gone and issued a warrant for his truck. On March 22, San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies found Spotz in his auto in the area of the 10 and 15 Freeways.

A vehicle chase ensued, and Spotz eventually used a handgun to shoot himself in the head.

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