Human remains found in California confirmed as missing Hollywood model-actress

Body found in shallow California grave ID'd as missing model

LOS ANGELES Detectives believe an aspiring model and actress from Macedonia who had been missing for more than a month was killed and dumped in a shallow grave in Northern California, police said today.

Los Angeles Police Department officials also confirmed they think 33-year-old Christopher Spotz - a man who they say was involved in an intimate relationship and possibly her boyfriend - was somehow involved in the missing woman's death, Capt. William Hayes said.

Shabani, 25, was last seen in Hollywood on February 23.

Discrepancies in Spotz's alibi raised warning bells but he disappeared before police could track him down for further questioning.

Los Angeles police found what's believed to be her body on Monday some 430 miles away in a shallow grave by a creek in the Spenceville Wildlife Area, California.

Detectives from LAPD and the Sheriff's Office, as well as anthropologists from Cal State Chico are at the scene working to determine if there are any human remains buried at the location and whether those remains are tied to an active missing persons case, the statement said.

Spotz attended the same acting academy as Shabani and may have been her boyfriend.

Shabani, originally from Macedonia, moved to Los Angeles to study acting two years ago, according to KABC. Security camera footage last caught Shabani leaving her apartment with Spotz. He said a cause of death was pending the results of Wednesday's autopsy. The family had offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to her recovery.

"Sometime during the week of February 25, Spotz released a statement that he had been traveling north to Northern California with Miss Shabani", Hayes said.

A public information officer for the LAPD tells PEOPLE that, despite the search of the vehicle, Shabani's disappearance is still being investigated as a missing person's case, not a homicide. At some point, the investigation led authorities to a lake at the Woods Wildlife Area in Nicholas, California, but they were not successful in finding anything. The captain said Spotz had at one point retained an attorney and that the investigation into Shabani's disappearance also took them to homes in Northern California and Colorado where Spotz has family. On March 22, San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies found Spotz in his vehicle in the area of the 10 and 15 Freeways. Spotz fatally shot himself in the head after the short pursuit.

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