Who killed L.A. actress Adea Shabani?
More than a week has passed since authorities identified a corpse found buried north of Camp Far West as missing Los Angeles actress Adea Shabani and announced that her death was a homicide.
It’s several more days since a Los Angeles Police Department pursuit of Christopher Spotz — described by the department as a “person of interest” in the case — led officers on pursuit in his SUV that ended in Riverside County. At the side of the freeway in Pomona, Spotz, 33, committed suicide by shooting himself, police said.
As of Friday, investigators were not publicly tying together the two in more detail, choosing only to repeat that homicide detectives with the L.A. Police Department are “continuing to investigate and examine evidence to determine the events that transpired which resulted in Shabani’s death.”
Spotz, described in Los Angeles media accounts as Shabani’s boyfriend or fellow acting-class student was identified by police as the last person seen with her at her apartment in Hollywood on Feb. 23. She was reported missing about a week later and the search led initially to Northern California and Lake of the Woods Wildlife Area, near Nicolaus.
The search moved to Spenceville Wildlife Area in nearby Nevada County, north of Camp Far West, after new leads were developed and Shabani’s remains were found in a shallow grave on March 24 — the day after Spotz shot himself to death.
Four days later came the finding from the Nevada County Coroner’s Office, which had the autopsy performed in Placer County. The autopsy identified Shabani from tattoos and found marks on her head consistent with blunt force trauma. No other bruising or cuts from an attack were found elsewhere on the corpse, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Bringolf said no new information was available on the coroner’s case from his office.
The Los Angeles police public information office was asked about the status of Spotz in the investigation, how the body ended up in rural Northern California and how long Shabani had been dead for but was non-responsive to those questions, other than to say the investigation was continuing.
Shabani’s IMDB page shows a lone appearance in the 2017 short “All or Nothing.” Media reports describe the Macedonia-born 25-year-old as a model and aspiring actress. Spotz is also described as an aspiring actor.