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UPDATE: Remains found in Nevada County positively identified as belonging to Adea Shabani

UPDATE:

Authorities on Wednesday positively identified the remains found this week in Nevada County as belonging to Los Angeles actress Adea Shabani.

LA police had said they believed the remains, found Monday in the Spenceville Wildlife Area and recovered Tuesday, likely belonged to Shabani, 25. A Wednesday autopsy confirmed it, Nevada County Sheriff's Lt. Rob Bringolf said.

"She was identified through tattoos," Bringolf added.

The manner of death is homicide. The cause of death remains under investigation. A toxicology test, which can take weeks, is pending, the lieutenant said.

LA Police Capt. William Hayes in a Tuesday press conference said 33-year-old Christopher Spotz, who had an intimate relationship with Shabani, was suspected in her death. Police reports state Spotz killed himself Friday after a police chase ended in Riverside County.

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According to LA police, Shabani was last seen alive with Spotz on Feb. 23. A surveillance photo taken that day in an elevator shows the pair together.

Spotz later told police that Shabani left his car in Santa Clarita after an argument. Shabani likely was buried around Feb. 23 in the shallow grave by Dry Creek in Nevada County. Days later Spotz drove to Colorado with another woman, his fiancee, Hayes said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

 

Initially posted:

Authorities say they believe the human remains recovered Tuesday in the Spenceville Wildlife Area belong to missing Los Angeles actress Adea Shabani.

The 25-year-old actress went missing Feb. 23. Her boyfriend — 33-year-old Christopher Spotz, who killed himself Friday after a police chase — is suspected in Shabani's death, Los Angeles Police Capt. William Hayes and reports stated.

"We believe that the remains are the remains of Adea Shabani," Hayes said in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

The investigation into Shabani's Feb. 23 disappearance led Los Angeles police this week to the Speceville Wildlife Area in Nevada County. In the area of Dry Creek, detectives on Monday found a woman's remains, Hayes said. On Tuesday they recovered those remains, Nevada County Sheriff's Lt. Rob Bringolf said.

An autopsy is scheduled today, though authorities are unsure if it will positively identify the person, Bringolf said. Sheriff Keith Royal said it's likely dental records or DNA will be required to positively identify the remains.

"They did recover a female body in a state of decomposition," Royal said.

Timeline

Shabani, who appeared in the 2017 film "All or Nothing," was last seen Feb. 23 at her Hollywood apartment with Spotz. Contacted after family reported her missing, Spotz told police he argued with Shabani and she left his car in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles police said.

Hayes said he had no information corroborating Spotz's story.

"That's the last time she's seen alive," he said of a Feb. 23 elevator surveillance photo showing her and Spotz. "That's the last credible information we have."

According to Hayes, Spotz drove to Northern California where he has family. Shabani likely was placed in a shallow grave on Feb. 23 or 24. Spotz returned to Los Angeles on Feb. 24. Days later he drove to Colorado with a different woman, his fiancee.

Police said that on March 1 detectives named Spotz as a person of interest in Shabani's disappearance. Authorities on March 23 saw his 2015 Toyota Tacoma, leading to a chase that ended in Riverside County, where Spotz killed himself.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.