LA police say recovered body likely missing model

LAPD looking at shallow grave that could be related to missing Hollywood model-actress

The body of an aspiring actress and model is believed to have been found in a shallow grave in Northern California. The 25-year-old Shabani was last seen about 11 a.m. February 23 near the 1700 block of Wilcox Avenue, between Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue, not far from her Los Angeles home, police said.

At a press conference on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) told the media: "At this point in time, we believe that those remains are the body of Adea Shabani".

However, a source close to the investigation told KTLA sister station KTXL in Sacramento that remains have been found at the location, and may be those of 25-year-old Adea Shabani, an aspiring actress who vanished last month under suspicious circumstances.

After she was reported missing, police questioned Spotz, who said they were on a road trip to north California when an argument erupted, and that he let her out of the auto on the side of a freeway never to see her again.

During the investigation into her disappearance, PC Hayes said Spotz and his fiancee drove from Los Angeles to her parents' home in Fort Morgan, Colorado, just outside of Denver. Spotz said he pulled off the freeway and let Shabani out of the vehicle - and hadn't seen her since.

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

According to NBC-4 Los Angeles, days after Shabani disappeared, her friends went to the LAPD saying they had received an anonymous phone call from someone claiming to have seen Shabani placed in the bed of a truck by Spotz.

Through an attorney, Spotz told detectives that he and Shabani left Los Angeles on February 23 on a road trip to Spotz's father's house in northern California.

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Hayes explained that the pair was leaving for a trip to Northern California.

An autopsy will be performed Wednesday so that the identity and cause of death could be determined.

Her anxious family flew in from Macedonia to help in the search for her, even hiring a private investigator and offering a £17,729 reward.

Police then made a decision to placed a want on Spotz's vehicle - a 2015 Toyota Tacoma truck - in order to conduct further investigations.

"We believe this to be a homicide", he added. The CHP said Spotz was driving a stolen pickup.

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies spotted it on March 22, near the 10 and 15 freeways.

Spotz killed himself during a police chase from Hesperia to Corona last week.

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