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Adea Shabani: Body of aspiring actor found in shallow grave in northern California


A body found in a shallow grave in northern California has been identified as belonging toan aspiring model and actor who had been missing from Los Angeles for more than a month.

Adea Shabani, 25, was foundinaremoteareaofwilderness more than400 miles (645km) away from the Hollywoodflat where she lived.

Nevada County sheriff’s officials said the young woman was identified by her tattoos.

Ms Shabani suffered blunt force trauma to her head but an exact cause of death was still under investigation, according to a sheriff’s statement.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Captain Billy Hayes said the model’s boyfriend is suspected to have killed her.

ChrisSpotz,33,who was engaged to another woman, killed himself after a police chase last week.

Ms Shabani was last seen leaving her flatwith Mr Spotzon 23 February.

Mr Spotzsubsequentlytold detectives the couple hadleft Los Angeles that day forhisfather’s house in northern California.

He said they thenhad an argument in the Santa Clarita area just outside LA, during whichhe let her out on the side of a motorway and never saw her again.

Mr Hayes said detectives found nothing that substantiated the account, which was given via a lawyer.

During the investigation into MsShabani’s disappearance, CaptHayes said Mr Spotz and his unnamed fiancehaddrivenfrom LAto her parents’ home in Colorado.

However when detectives attempted to track him down there, Mr Spotz was gone.

Detectives issued a warrant for Mr Spotz’s truck andon Thursdayhewas spotted, leading police on a chase east of LA.

Mr Spotz fatally shot himself in the head after the chase.

Mr Hayes said detectives suspect Ms Shabani, who was found in a shallow grave by a creek in the Spenceville Wildlife Area, had been dead for more than a month.

Ms Shabani was born in Macedonia and went to secondary school there before moving to LAto embark on an acting career.

She was credited with a small role in an independent film which was released last year.

Additional reporting from Associated Press



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