LOS ANGELES – A body found in a shallow grave in the North of California was identified Wednesday as an aspiring model and actress from Macedonia who had gone from Los Angeles for more than a month, authorities said.
Adea Shabani, 25, was identified by her tattoos, the Nevada County sheriff’s officials said. Shabani suffered blunt force trauma to her head, but an exact cause of death is still under investigation, according to a statement.
The model’s friend, who was engaged with another woman and was killed after a police chase last week, is suspected in her death, Los Angeles Police Capt. Billy Hayes said at a press conference Tuesday.
She was last seen leaving her Hollywood apartment with her boyfriend, a 33-year-old Chris Spotz, on Feb. 23.
The body was found this week, about 430 miles (690 km) away in a shallow grave by a creek in the Spenceville wildlife area.
Through a lawyer, Spotz told detectives that he and Shabani Los Angeles on Feb. 23, with the intention to drive to Spotz’s father’s house in Northern California.
Spotz said he, and Shabani was an argument in the Santa Clarita area just outside Los Angeles, and that he left her on the side of a highway and had not seen her again. Hayes said detectives found nothing that confirmed this statement.
During the investigation of Shabani’s disappearance, Hayes said Spotz and his fiancé drove from Los Angeles to her home in Colorado.
When the detectives tried to get him there, Spotz was gone.
Detectives from the issuance of a warrant for Spotz the truck. On Thursday, he led the police on a chase east of Los Angeles after they tried to pull him over. Spotz fatally shot himself in the head after a short chase.
Hayes said detectives suspect that Shabani was dead for more than a month.