Even in this modern world and even when it comes to the most capable people in it, there are moments where safety can be compromised.
Adea was an aspiring model with a good head on her shoulders, but she was also trusting, perhaps too trusting. She never envisioned that she might find out the hard way the true cost she paid for trying to make it in Hollywood…
Adea was the type of blonde, blue-eyed beauty that had exactly what it takes to make it in Los Angeles. She’d moved from her native Macedonia to study business administration at The American University of Paris, but decided once she’d graduated that she wanted to head to Hollywood to put her stunning good looks to good use.
The Heart of it All
In addition to being a natural beauty, the gorgeous 25-year-old was also a deep thinker, with high aspirations and unshakeable confidence. Since moving to LA, she had begun studying at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting, which is located across the street from where the Oscars are held. It was the perfect spot, right in the heart of it all…
Adea was an appreciator of the philosophical side of acting as well, as evidenced by many of her social media posts. She had once posted a quote by veteran actor Michael Gambon which read: “Like a heartbeat. Something inside me. Some dream. I think it’s being a dreamer as a child. Dreamy kids become actors, don’t they?”
Recently, she had begun dating another Hollywood resident, 33-year-old Chris. The two were very close and in early February of 2017, decided to take a road trip together to Northern California. Chris wanted to introduce his beautiful new girlfriend to his father as he lived up that way…
So Chris and Adea packed up the car, left Adea’s Hollywood apartment, and headed to Northern California together: or so people thought. The truth of it is, they never actually made it to Chris’ dad’s place. In fact, no one ever saw Adea Shabani after that day.
Helping the Search
In the weeks that followed, Adea’s friends posted fliers in and around her neighborhood, hoping that someone might come forward. Meanwhile, her family hired a private investigator to do their own searching while Los Angeles police continued to try and drum up leads…
The family had offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to her recovery as well, but even such a tantalizing amount failed to bring forward any credible leads. Police therefore had no choice but to ask after the last person who had presumably seen Adea alive, her boyfriend, Chris Spotz.
Spotz told police officers that yes, he and Adea had indeed left for his father’s house, but that they’d stopped in Santa Clarita, just outside LA. He explained that they had a rather explosive argument and that he’d let her out on the side of the freeway. After that, even he hadn’t seen or heard from her again…
The Los Angeles police were not sold on Spotz’s statement. They could find nothing to corroborate it save his word, which they weren’t sure was credible. With nothing to support his story or his “alibi”, police began looking into Spotz’s personal life to see if he had any skeletons in his closet: proverbial or otherwise.
Investigators soon discovered that the aspiring model’s boyfriend was actually engaged to another woman at the time the two were dating. He had kept this a secret not only from Adea Shabani, but all their mutual friends as well. It was more than enough for them to want to talk to him again. There was just one problem with that…
In the course of the investigation into Spotz’s presumed involvement in Shabani’s disappearance, Spotz himself disappeared: for a time anyway. Apparently he and his secret fiancee drove from Los Angeles to her parents’ home in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Quite a distance to travel when one is a suspect in a disappearance.
Not to be deterred by the distance, detectives tried to track him down in Fort Morgan, which is just outside of Denver. When they arrived at the home of his fiance however, they found that both Chris Spotz and his car, were gone. Sensing the fact that they were closing in on him, Spotz had made a run for it…
Detectives issued a warrant for Spotz’s truck and began to set up road blocks wherever they could. They tracked him back to east Los Angeles and tried to pull him over, but Spotz wasn’t having any of it. Instead of “going quietly”, he put the pedal to the metal and led police on a car chase through the city.
Nowhere Left to Go
Spotz wasn’t alone in the car either. Someone, an unnamed passenger, was with him as he drove haphazardly through LA trying to dodge the police. Finally, they caught up to him. With nowhere else to run, he pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head. He died at the scene. But why kill himself?
With Chris Spotz’s death, the police were no closer to finding out what really happened to Adea Shabani. Most presumed, since he tried to leave the state, run from police, and killed himself rather than be arrested, that he was responsible for whatever it was that happened to the missing 25-year-old.
It wasn’t until some months later that Los Angeles police finally found something that might actually lead to some answers. In the Spenceville Wildlife Area, about 430 miles away from her home in Hollywood, police discovered what they think was Adea’s body, buried in a shallow grave. Though they still weren’t positive it was her…
After a few days, however, it was confirmed that the body found in the shallow grave was indeed that of 25-year-old Adea Shabani. She had been dead for more than a month and police suspect that the cause of death is unequivocally a homicide. Though with Spotz dead, they have no idea who did the deed.
Toxicology and Cause of Death still need to be determined at this point, but it’s clear enough from the timeline that Adea would have had to die sometime after she and Spotz had headed out for his father’s place. The motive still needs to be determined of course, and the sheriff has mentioned that others could have been involved in the killing as well…
This case is similar to the disappearance of dutch Teen Nicole Van Den Hurk, who went to work at a local bakery one night and disappeared while coming back one November night, and whose body was only found several weeks later in a roadside ditch.
The interesting thing about Nicole’s case however, is how police eventually discovered what had happened to her. It took many years to test for DNA because at the time of the girl’s disappearance, the technology just wasn’t where it is today. Hopefully the LA police will be able to determine Adea Shabani’s true killer before too long.