Hollywood star Adea Shabani has been found dead at the age of 25 buried in a shallow watery grave, detectives who were looking for the missing actress have confirmed.
The young woman’s body was discovered in shallow water in a remote area in northern California – some 400 miles from her home in LA – and was only identifiable by her tattoos.
Police have launched a murder investigation after a post-mortem revealed she’d been bludgeoned in the head, although a cause of death is still being established.
Nevada County Sheriff Office cops believe Adea’s aspiring actor boyfriend, Christopher Spotz, was involved in her death.
He went on the run but killed himself last week after a high-speed chase, having given detectives a story about her disappearance that didn’t add up. He died from a self-inflicted gun wound when police approached his car.
He’d previously told the LAPD that the couple were travelling to northern California on a trip, but had got into an argument while driving.
He claimed he’d pulled over the car somewhere near Santa Clarita and let her out of the vehicle, but hadn’t seen her since.
No trace of Adea had been found in weeks, and the last time she was seen on CCTV was in grainy elevator footage filmed on February 23 in an LA apartment block.
Her worried family had reported her missing two days after she last spoke to them, and insisted it was very unusual for her to be out of contact for so long.
“We know she left the apartment at approximately 1:15 on the afternoon of the 23rd. That’s the last time she’s seen alive,” LAPD Capt. William Hayes said in a press conference on March 27.
“And so that’s the last credible information we have.”
More than 100 volunteers searched along the highway Adea was travelling along, as well as hotels and other areas of interest, but cops still couldn’t make any headway on her discovery.
It was only when an LAPD dive team searched a lake north of Sacramento that they found her remains.
“Something happened, and I believe it to be somewhat untoward – that there was foul play involved,” Captain Hayes added.
No further details of how the dive team came to be at the lake were released.
Macedonia-born Adea had moved to LA to pursue her love of acting, although she was still working on her big break at the time of her death.
Her only acting credit appears in the 2017 independent film All Or Northing, in which she played the waitress.