DENVER – The father of two young girls found submerged in oil tanks after missing days told authorities his pregnant wife killed the children after learning he wanted a divorce, and that he erupted in anger when they witness the murders and strangled their mother in the family’s suburban Denver home, according to court documents.
Days after letting the police in his house, so that they can help in finding his missing family, Christopher Watt, told investigators “he would tell the truth.”
Watts first asked to speak with his father, admitted to killing his wife, Shannan. Watts told the police in the court papers released Monday that he killed her after he is her standing in one of the girls on a baby monitor. The other child had been killed by the woman, he said.
Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under the age of 12, one count of the unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday and is being held without bail.
Prosecutor Michael Rourke refused to answer questions about the case Monday, but said that his office has three prosecutors work. Rourke also said that it was too early to discuss whether he will seek the death penalty.
The police first visited the family’s home on Aug. 13, after a friend asked police to check on Shanann Watts. She had a doctor’s appointment and was not answering calls or text messages hours after returning home after a business trip, the friend reported.
Christopher Watts’ approval, the police searched the house and found his wife’s cellphone stuffed in a bank. Her purse was on a cooking island and a suitcase was on the bottom of the stairs.
A detective spoke to Christopher Watt and learned about his divorce plans. Watt described for the first time in the conversation with Shannan as a civil, but later told the police that “they were both upset and crying” and they planned to go to a friend’s house that day, the court papers said.
When Shanann Watts, and the girls did not return home by Tuesday morning, researchers are increasing their efforts with the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Christopher Watts was interviewed by a number of local television stations, asking for the return of his family and about how much he missed spending time with his children.
It was not until Wednesday night, that he his promise to tell the police the truth.
According to Watts’ account, in the early hours of Aug. 13 began with an intense conversation. He said that he told his wife that he wanted a divorce. Separately in the newspapers released Monday, researchers said they learned that Watts was “actively involved in an affair with a colleague,” something he denied in earlier interviews with the police.
Watts told the police that after the discussion of the separation, he ran down.
When he returned, he told that he spotted with a baby monitor on his wife in the chest — tones of her “actively strangled” their 3-year-old daughter, Celeste. He said the video also showed their other daughter, 4 year old Bella, “sprawled out on her bed, and blue.”
“Chris said that he went into a rage, and eventually strangled Shanann to death,” the document said.
The police found surveillance video from a neighbor to show Watts’ truck back in the driveway at 5:27 pm and shortly after driving away from the house in Frederick, a small town on the grassy plains north of Denver, where rapidly growing subdivisions such as the Watts family lived in mix with oil rigs and oil-wells.
Watts, an operator, with Anadarko Petroleum, said he loaded his wife and daughters’ body in the back seat of his truck and drove to an oil site, approximately 40 miles (65 km) to the east of the house of the family. There he is buried Shanann Watts’ body ‘ and ‘dumped the girls in” oil tanks, according to the court document.
Separate court documents filed by Watts’ lawyer said last week that the girls’ bodies were immersed in crude oil for four days before the police found the remains late Thursday. Their mother’s body was found nearby, in a shallow grave, according to the officers of justice.
Anadarko, one of Colorado’s biggest oil and gas drillers, has since dismissed Watts.
The court, says Watts gave the police an aerial view of the area and identified three areas on which he placed the bodies. The researchers made use of a drone to search the area and saw a cloth that matches the other bedding in the family home, along with fresh dirt.
Shanann Watts social media social media posts show the girls play with their father and with each other. The couple married in North Carolina almost six years ago, and moved to Colorado soon after.
Shanann’s father, Frank Rzucek, spoke with reporters for the first time on Monday. In a statement, he thanked the police for their efforts, along with friends and neighbors organized a vigil outside the home of the family for the past week.
“Keep the prayers for our family,” Rzucek said.