Nevada County Sheriff's Office reportedly discovered the remains of a woman in a shallow grave in the Spenceville Wildlife Area in Penn Valley, California, according to a Facebook post by the Sheriff's office.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday, 'At this point in time, we believe that those remains are the body of Miss. Adea Shabani.'
'We cannot say that conclusively at this point in time because the condition of the remains prohibited positive identification,' he added, revealing that Christopher Spotz, a man authorities identified as Shabani's boyfriend, was 'somehow involved in her death.'
An autopsy is due to be performed on Wednesday.
'We believe it to be a homicide,' the LAPD spokesperson said. 'However, until the conclusion of the autopsy… we won’t be able to determine that definitively.'
Spotz died by suicide on March 22 in a California stand-off with police - which only intensified the search for Shabani, 25, who has been missing since February.
This article originally appeared on New Idea.