Adea Shabani Missing: Remains Found in Shallow Grave During Search for California Actress

A shallow grave was discovered in Northern California during the search for a missing actress, authorities announced Tuesday. Adea Shabani, 25, has been missing since late February.

Shabani, a Macedonian model and aspiring actress, was last seen near her home in Hollywood February 23. Shabani had been in Los Angeles for around two years.

The shallow grave was found Monday near Dry Creek in the Spenceville Wildlife Area, located north of Sacramento in Nevada County, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Facebook. Los Angeles Police Department detectives were “led to the location through their investigation” of Shabani's disappearance, the sheriff's office said.

“Our homicide detectives along with our coroner's division unearthed what appear to be the remains of an adult female,” the Nevada County Sheriff's Office said.

The remains had not yet been identified but were sent to be autopsied.

A person who police believe was Shabani's boyfriend shot and killed himself last week after leading police on a car chase in a stolen Toyota, the Los Angeles Times reported. Authorities believed the car had been “possibly used in a homicide which had occurred in Los Angeles County.” The man was subsequently identified as Christopher Spotz, 33.

A spokesperson for the LAPD told People magazine Saturday that Shabani's disappearance was still considered a missing person's case and not a murder investigation. It was unclear Tuesday whether that had shifted. Authorities had not yet commented on any potential link between Spotz's suicide and Shabani's disappearance.

Shabani's family previously offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to her location.

“We have no evidence that she is a runaway,” private investigator Jayden Brant previously told KABC-TV. “She's not [voluntarily] missing. We don't have any evidence that she wanted to harm herself.”