Missing Model Adea Shabani's Body Found in Shallow Grave in North California

LOS ANGELES Detectives believe an aspiring model and actress from Macedonia who had been missing for more than a month was killed and dumped in a shallow grave in Northern California, police said today.

Los Angeles Police Capt. Billy Hayes told a press conference: "We don't believe that was true".

Spotz was the last person seen with Shabani, according to police.

After she was reported missing, authorities said Spotz released a statement saying that he traveled with Shabani to Northern California, but they got into an argument and he dropped her off somewhere in Santa Clarita.

Discrepancies in Spotz's alibi raised warning bells but he disappeared before police could track him down for further questioning.

Monday, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office says they were contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department about a missing persons case.

"We can not say that conclusively at this point in time because the condition of the remains prohibited positive identification", he said. MORE: Man who killed himself during Inland Empire chase was boyfriend of missing Hollywood actressEarlier in the day, investigators found a shallow grave in the Spenceville Wildlife Area. "Christopher Spotz was somehow involved in her death and we believe this to be a homicide, however, until the conclusion of the autopsy and our ability to examine the evidence related to the recovery of that evidence we won't be able to determine that definitively", he added.

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

When detectives were unable to verify Spotz's claims, detectives with the LAPD's Robbery & Homicide Team took over the investigation.

Spotz may have been Shabani's boyfriend, although LAPD have also not confirmed that.

When police couldn't find Spotz or his truck, Hayes said, they alerted other law enforcement agencies that they were looking for the vehicle.

Authorities have not indicated that Spotz is involved in Shabani's disappearance.

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. Her family hired a private investigator and offered a $25,000 reward for information on her whereabouts - but it turned up no answers.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800, or 877-527-3247 during non-business hours or on weekends.

  • Tracy Klein