Remains found in Nevada County may be missing Hollywood actress

Kenny Tucker
March 28, 2018

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, just outside of Denver.

This undated photo provided by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff shows Adea Shabani.

Authorities added that they believe that Christopher Spotz, a 33-year-old man believed to be Shabani's boyfriend who fatally shot himself during a police chase on Thursday, was involved in her death but could not elaborate.

A shallow grave was discovered in Northern California during the search for a missing actress, authorities announced Tuesday.

Shabani, 25, was last seen on security camera around 1:15 p.m. on February 23 near her Hollywood home, police said. Spotz appeared in various short films over the past three years and had a minor role in a forthcoming web series called "The Shoaks", according to IMDB.com.

Lt. Rob Bringolf of the Nevada County Sheriff's Office said LAPD detectives were in the area Monday "actively working a missing persons case", which led them to the bank of Dry Creek in the Spenceville Wildlife Area.

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Los Angeles police Tuesday told CBS2 that a bulletin had been put out on the pickup because it was associated with a missing person. Hayes said detectives found nothing that corroborated that statement. A search of that area uncovered what is believed to be a shallow grave, he said.

Detectives issued a warrant for Spotz's truck. The pursuit began when CHP spotted the vehicle and tried to pull it over.

Hayes said detectives suspect that Shabani has been dead for more than a month.

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

Shabani was a student at Stella Adler Academy of Acting, located in the heart of Hollywood, across the street from where the Oscars are held. Some dream. I think it's being a dreamer as a child. Her family had hired a private investigator to help find their missing daughter.

A spokesperson for the LAPD told People magazine Saturday that Shabani's disappearance was still considered a missing person's case and not a murder investigation.

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