Missing L.A. actress case leads to ID, homicide determination

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Tattoos found on the remains of a woman whose body was unearthed in a shallow grave north of Camp Far West Reservoir have helped make a positive identification and the cause of death is a homicide, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said today.

The body was identified as missing Los Angeles actress Adea Shabani.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said that Los Angeles Police Department detectives, who were investigating the disappearance since March of the 25-year-old actress and model, were led to the location in Spenceville Wildlife Area and discovered the shallow grave Tuesday.

Cause of death is still under investigation, but it appears Shabani suffered blunt force trauma to the head, the Sheriff’s Office said. No other major bruising, cuts or wounds were observed.

Shabani is described in Los Angeles media reports as an aspiring actress and model. Her IMDB page shows Shabani appearing in the 2017 short “All Or Nothing.”

On Monday, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department who were actively working a missing persons case in the local area.

Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rob Bringolf said that through their joint investigation, Los Angeles detectives were led to the bank of Dry Creek, which runs through the Spenceville Wildlife Area. A search of that area uncovered what is believed to be a shallow grave, he said.

Nevada County and Los Angeles detectives were working with anthropologists from California State University, Chico determine whether remains found at this site are related to the Los Angeles missing person case, Bringolf said. An autopsy was to be performed Wednesday on the remains.