'We believe it to be a homicide, ' the LAPD spokesperson said.
The LAPD has stated that they believe the missing 25-year-old aspiring actress from Macedonia to be a murder victim after almost a month has gone by since her disappearance.
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. "Adea Shabani. We can not say that conclusively at this point in time because the condition of the remains prohibited positive identification", said William Hayes, the commanding officer of LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division. She was last seen two days earlier getting into a vehicle with Spotz. More details, including Shabani's cause of death, will be known after the autopsy. The CHP said Spotz was driving a stolen pickup.
This Nevada County Sheriff's Office image shows the area north of Camp Far West where Los Angeles detectives are concentrating
Spotz said he and Shabani had an argument in the Santa Clarita area just outside of Los Angeles and that he let her out on the side of a freeway and hadn't seen her again.
Following her disappearance, Shabani's mother flew from Macedonia to LA to help with the research. The chase led from Hesperia to the Corona area, where Spotz fatally shot himself, Hayes said. She was a student at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Hollywood and was set to graduate in September, said Jayden Brant, a private investigator hired by her family. "Christopher Spotz was somehow involved in her death and we believe this to be a homicide", the LAPD said in a statement, "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".
Investigators believe the body is that of 25-year-old Adea Shabani.
According to detectives with the LAPD, investigators received information that led them to the shallow grave, where they discovered the human remains of a young woman, though they have not yet positively identified the remains as those of Shabani.
Through an attorney, Spotz told detectives that the pair left Los Angeles on a road trip to Spotz's father's house in northern California.