The body of his wife Shanann Watts, 34, was found earlier Thursday (US time) at the Anadarko oil and gas site where her husband Christopher once worked near their home in Frederick, on the northern outskirts of Denver, the Daily Mail reported. Police also believe they know the location of the bodies of her two daughters, 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella, which have yet to be found.
KMGH reports Two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said Watts had confessed to the killings.
Watts was arrested Wednesday night for three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. Police earlier Thursday said the bodies were found in close proximity to the body believed to be that of 34-year-old Shanann Watts. There are four white candles paired with four small bouquets of red roses - one set each for Shanann Watts, Celeste, Bella and the unborn baby. Officials said they had a strong reason to believe they know where the bodies of the two girls are located.
A family friend reported Shanann Watts and her daughters missing on Monday, police said.
Bells says Shanann took 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste everywhere and was excited about being pregnant. "But I mean, could she have vanished, just taken off?"
Shortly before midnight, police returned to the house, quietly arrested Watts and began hauling trash bags out the front door. A friend created a fundraiser on Facebook, originally to raise money so her family could travel to Colorado to search for her. She saw her go inside. Watts originally explained that they were just ... gone. "I don't know, but if somebody has her and they're not safe, I want them back now". "That's what I want".
But late on Wednesday evening, something in the investigation changed, and police arrested Watts, charging him with the murder of his wife and children, according to a brief statement posted to the town's website. Her parents live in Aberdeen, records show.
"Our role now is to do everything we can to determine exactly what occurred and assist in filing the thorough case", added Colorado Bureau of Investigation director John Camper. She had been in a hurry to sell a house in Belmont, west of Charlotte, and left behind the furniture as part of the sale, said the man who bought it, Byron Falls. When no one answered, he became anxious, he told KUSA.
The couple had reportedly had marital stress, and Shanann and the daughters had recently spent six weeks in North Carolina with her family, arriving back in Colorado on August 7. Watts said he became panicked when a friend arrived at the home at noon and there was no answer. On Tuesday, Watts gave an emotional interview, pleading for his family's safe return.
"I called her and texted her several times", Watts' friend told KDVR.