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.
Shanann Watts called her husband “my ROCK!” and the “best dad of the girls could ask” in what seemed to be an idyllic life on social media.
However, behind the scenes, it was a different photo which ended with her and her daughters life this week.
Watts and her husband Chris – who is accused of killing her and their two girls – appeared in great financial pressure.
Three years ago, she has bankruptcy, citing more than $70,000 in debt, KDVR-TV reported.
The couple had a combined income of $90,000 in 2014. But they also had tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt along with student loans and medical expenses for a total of $70,000 in unsecured claims on top of a hefty mortgage.
They said in the submission of their almost $3000 mortgage and $600 in monthly payments, formed the largest part of their $4,900 in monthly costs.
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On Wednesday, Chris Watt, 33, was arrested and held on three counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing his 34-year-old wife and their daughters Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4. He was held without bond on Thursday, with the cost expected Monday.
The body of Shanann Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant, revealed Thursday at a property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, the company where her husband worked as an operator. Colorado authorities said they “have strong reason to believe that” they have also found the bodies of her two daughters.
They have not released any information about a motive or how the three were killed.
Although the bodies were found in Anadarko, prosecutors said that they believe the three were killed in their house, The Denver Channel reported.
Chris Watts began working at Anadarko as an operator six months ago, earning $61,500 annually, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Shanann Watts was working in a call center in a children’s hospital, to earn about $18 per hour.
On Monday, Shannan Watts and her daughters for the first time were missing – just a few days after his return from a 6-week trip to visit her family in North Carolina.
A friend said that they last saw her around 2 a.m. Monday after they returned from a business trip. She said that she called the police after Shanann had no answer on her phone or show up to a appointment with the doctor.
The police conducted a welfare check and found her wallet, keys and mobile phone.
A massive search for the three was initiated with the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday.
In an interview that day, Chris Watt stood on his porch and lamented to reporters how much he missed them, saying: he longed for the simple things — such as telling his girls to eat their dinner and stare at them as they curled up to watch cartoons.
Hours later he reportedly confessed to the killing of his family and was arrested.
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Joe Beach, who lives next door to her parents in Aberdeen, North Carolina, said he recently spoke to her when she was in town.
“We were talking about general things, about how her two girls were doing and how life was in Colorado,” Beach told The Associated Press. “She didn’t want to me an indication that something is wrong. She seemed quite satisfied.”
Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz, Lucia Suarez Sang and Stephen Sorace and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.