Man confesses to murder of pregnant woman, children: reports
Chris Watts is in custody after reportedly admitting to police that he killed his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two young daughters; Jonathan Hunt reports on the horrifying case in Colorado.
The body of a pregnant Colorado mother who was murdered along with her young daughters was recovered Thursday at the site of the work of Chris Watt — the husband of the woman, the children of the father, and the man accused of killing them all.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said authorities found the body of 34-year-old Shanann Watts three days after she was reported missing. Her body was found on the goods which are the property of Anadarko Petroleum, where her husband worked.
Chris Watts is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
(Weld County Jail)
John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said the police have a strong reason to believe that they know where the body of her two daughters, 3-year-old Celeste, and 4-year-old Bella, and try to recover them.
“This is absolutely the worst possible outcome that anyone could imagine,” he said.
Chris Watt, 33, has reportedly admitted to killing her and their two daughters. He is being held in the Weld County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder and three charges of tampering with physical evidence. He is by the court on Thursday afternoon.
Breaking: Chris Watts has confessed to killing his pregnant wife, Shannan, and two children, says Shennan Watts’ brother, and a person familiar with the search. pic.twitter.com/I8N5JuAS5X
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Prosecutor Michael Rourke told could be submitted by the Monday afternoon. It was not immediately known if Chris Watt had a lawyer.
It was unclear whether Watt could be faced with the costs associated with the fate of his unborn child.
Shanann Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and her two daughters were missing Monday after she didn’t show up for an appointment with the doctor and had no answer on her phone. A friend called the police, that her mobile phone, wallet and keys on the inside of the home during a welfare check.
On Wednesday, as the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were brought in to help with the search, Chris Watts told reporters he was traumatized by the disappearance, and was the hope for his family’s safe return.
He told The Denver Channel he wanted his wife and children back, adding that they “are alive” and their ” smiles light up my life.”
Hours later, the police conducted a search warrant in the Watts house. Investigators were seen removing bags of evidence and driving with a pick-up truck from the scene, FOX31 reported.
The police tweeted early Thursday that Chris Watt was placed in custody. At a press conference was set for 10:30 a.m. local time.
Rourke said Thursday that the declaration for a warrant-less arrest was sealed by a court upon their request. Once the charges are formally filed against Chris Watts, ask for it to be unsealed and be made from a public register.
Law enforcement officials told The Denver Channel that Watts had confessed to killing his family.
In his interview with The Denver Channel on Wednesday, the man said he had an “emotional conversation” with his wife the night before they left, but he didn’t want to go further on the topic or if it has developed into an argument.
Shanann Watts’ Facebook account paints a portrait of a happy family, with a constant supply of photos and videos of her family, friends and themselves. Her comments are usually cheerful and say how happy she is, whether she’s running errands, playing with her children, and to promote the health of the program.
She posted a photo on June 19 of some of the texts with her husband after sending him an echo. He replied that he loved the baby already. She wrote: “I love Chris! He is the best father our girls could ask for.”
Shanann Watts moved to Colorado from North Carolina with her husband in 2012, according to property records and her social media accounts.
Anadarko spokeswoman Jennifer Brice confirmed to The Denver Channel that Chris Watt was employed by the company.
“We are heart-broken, and our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones and friends of the Watts family. We will continue to support law enforcement in its investigation,” Brice said.
Frederick is about 28 miles north of Denver.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.