An autopsy set for Wednesday should positively link them to missing model Adea Shabani, officials said.
“At this point and time, we believe that those remains are the body of Ms. Adea Shabani,” William Hayes, commanding officer of LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division, said at a press conference.
“We cannot say that conclusively at this point in time because the condition of the remains prohibited positive identification,” he said. “We believe this to be a homicide.”
Shabani, 25, was last seen on security camera around 1:15 p.m. on Feb. 23 near her Hollywood home, as she left her residence in Hollywood with 33-year-old Studio City resident Chris Spotz, police said.
Hayes said investigators believe Spotz “was somehow involved in her death” even though he denied any wrongdoing before killing himself with a self-inflicted gunshot during a police pursuit on March 22.
Hayes said Tuesday a lawyer for Spotz previously told investigators his client and Shabani got into an argument back on Feb. 23 while driving though Santa Clarita, leading Spotz to drop her off.
“We don’t believe that that’s true,” Hayes said of the Santa Clarita alibi. “We have no corroborating information that supports his statements that he had an argument with her and put her out on the side of the freeway.”
He had recently returned from spending time with his fiancée in Colorado, officials said.
Hayes said Spotz was also romancing Shabani at the time she went missing. “They had an intimate relationship, boyfriend-girlfriend,” he said Tuesday.
Shabani’s family reported her missing a few days after Feb. 23 when she failed to check in, police said. They also hired private investigator Jayden Brant to track her down and offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to her return.
The body, found in Dry Creek in the Spenceville Wildlife Area about 50 miles north of Sacramento, will not be officially identified until after a full autopsy has been done.
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On – 27 Mar, 2018 By Array