Chris Watts Admits To Killing His Missing Pregnant Wife & 2 Young Daughters: Bodies Discovered

August 16, 2018
By: Catherine Townsend

Shanann Watts and her two daughters [Provided]

Shanann Watts and her two daughters [Provided]

UPDATE (AUGUST 16, 2018):

The body of Shanann Watts has been found by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Her remains were discovered in property belonging to Anadarko Petroleum, which is where Chris Watts formerly worked.

John Camper, director for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, has stated that authorities know where to find the bodies of the two murdered little girls, Bella and Celeste, and are making efforts to recover them — also on the Anadarko property.

A spokesperson for Anadarko Petroleum, Jennifer Brice, stated: “We are heart-broken by this, 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.”

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ORIGINAL STORY (AUGUST 16, 2018):

FREDERICK, CO — The husband and father of a missing Colorado woman and their two daughters has been charged with murder in connection with their deaths, according to the Weld County Sheriff.

Only a few hours after the police department held a press conference about the case, Chris Watts confessed to the murders. He agreed to take investigators to the bodies of Shanann Watts, 34; and their two daughters, Bella, 4; and Celeste, 3; KCNC-TV in Denver reported.

Chris Watts

Photo by: Weld County Sheriff’s Office

Weld County Sheriff’s Office

Chris Watts

Family and friends had been searching for Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and the girls since they were reported missing on Monday. The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation joined in the search along with local law enforcement.

Friends and family posted their concerns on social media. One friend posted on Facebook that Shanann left her phone, purse, car seats, and children’s medicine at home early Monday morning, according to CBS Denver. She is the one who reported her missing — Chris did not.

The CBI issued an endangered missing alert for Shanann and her children on Tuesday.

Chris Watts, who told Today that he was in a “nightmare, from which I can not wake up knowing that they might be in trouble, it’s earth shattering,” claimed he last saw his family in the early morning before leaving for work. He gave interviews to news outlets, expressing his worry and claiming that he had no idea where his family could be.

The Wattses had declared bankruptcy in 2015, after being almost half a million dollars in debt. Additionally, as recently as July 12, 2018, the Watts were sued by their homeowner’s association “for financial reasons.” It’s unclear if their financial troubles had anything to do with the murders.

Shanann’s family provided a statement to CBS4. It read:

It is with deep hurt, confusion, and anger to confirm our beautiful cousin Shanann Watts, her unborn child, and her two angelic daughters, Bella (4), Celeste (3) were viciously murdered by husband Chris Watts; who confessed to the killings. Please keep Shanann’s parents and brother in your prayers.”

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