‘Two bodies’ found in Colorado believed to be daughters of the pregnant woman found dead, officials say



Police: Man confesses to murder, body found

Officials in Colorado say Chris Watts confessed to killing his family and offered to lead investigators to the bodies; Jonathan Hunt reports.

Colorado authorities announced that they found “two bodies” which are considered to be the two young girls went missing together with their pregnant mother, who was found dead earlier Thursday, the officials said.

Officials in Frederick tweeted that “the police have strong reason to believe” that the bodies are Celeste, 3, and Bella Watt, 4.

#ShanannWattsInvestigation Update 1 of 3: In the late afternoon hours, evidence technicians from both the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Frederick Police Dept. situated on two bodies of whom the police have a strong reason to believe that his Bella, and Celeste Watts, daughters of Shanann Watts.

— The city of Frederick (@TownofFrederick) August 17, 2018

Their father is accused of killing the girls and their mother, Shanann Watts, and is thought to have committed the murder at the family’s residence, prosecutors said Thursday.

Chris Watt, 33, was ordered to be held without bond by Judge Marcelo Copcow during a court hearing after his earlier arrest. He is expected to be charged with three counts each of murder and tampering with evidence, and the judge gave the prosecutors Monday is the deadline for charging him formally.

UPDATE: the Prosecutors say that they believe that Shanann Watts and her daughters were murdered in their home. Chris Watt will be held without bond until his next appearance Tuesday.

— Blair Miller (@blairmiller) August 16, 2018

Although Shanann’s body was located on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, where her husband worked, the prosecution team revealed during the hearing that the crime was probably committed at the couple’s home, The Denver Channel reported.

Authorities recovered the pregnant 34-year-old body earlier Thursday. The city officials said the two other bodies were found in close proximinity to the other body officials who convinced Shanann’s.”

#ShanannWattsInvestigation Update 2 of 3: we will not disclose the location of where these organizations were located, the police can say that they were found in the vicinity of the other body officials who convinced Shanann’s.

— The city of Frederick (@TownofFrederick) August 17, 2018


Shanann and her two daughters were reported missing on Monday after she didn’t show up for an appointment with the doctor and the mother failed to answer her phone. The police was alerted by one of her friends, and later conducted a welfare check, where they recovered her cell phone, wallet and keys.

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.

— Matt Mauro (@mattmauronews) August 16, 2018

Early Thursday morning, officials in Frederick tweeted that the woman’s husband was arrested and detained in the Weld County Jail.

#ShanannWattsInvestigation Update 2 of 3: Chris Watt, the man of Shanann, is placed in custody and is awaiting charges at this time. He will be held in the Weld County Jail.

— The city of Frederick (@TownofFrederick) August 16, 2018

Law enforcement officials told The Denver Channel that Watts had confessed to the murder of his family.

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.”

He told the outlet on Wednesday that he is 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.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace, Lucia I. Suarez Sang, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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