Although they look like a typical happy family in all of their social media posts, don’t let that fool you.
Since Monday a frantic search has been happening for a mother and her 2 young daughters after they were reported missing. After both Shannan’s husband and her friend weren’t able to get ahold of her on Monday after many attempts that day they decided to involve the police and report missing persons.
Shannan’s husband, Chris Watts, had pleaded to the news media for the safe return of his wife and daughters but within 24 hours of his plea police had him in custody. His plea seemed very insincere and left many questioning his innocence, even the victim’s own brother. Did he know more about his families disappearance than he leads everyone to believe and had the police been on to him the entire time?
After spending 6 weeks apart this summer rumors have been circulating that the couple was having marital issues and she was getting ready to leave him because she believed there was another woman involved. But is that enough of a reason for him to murder his wife and innocent children?
According to The Denver Channel, FREDERICK, Colo. – The bodies of Chris Watts’ two young daughters were found inside oil and gas tanks that “were mostly full,” several high-ranking sources tell Denver 7’s, Jennifer Kovaleski.
The high ranking sources told Kovaleski Thursday evening they believe Watts placed the bodies of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste in the oil and gas tanks owned by Anadarko in order to hide the bodies and conceal the smell.
Frederick police officials said in a 6:30 p.m. update Thursday that the bodies of the two young girls were found in close proximity to the other body whom officers strongly believe is Shanann Watts. Her body was found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum earlier Thursday. Investigators have not yet confirmed the location of the bodies.
They were recovered as 33-year-old Christopher Watts sat behind bars at the Weld County Jail on suspicion of murdering his family.
Watts was an employee at Anadarko up until Wednesday, the oil and gas company confirmed to Denver7.
The husband and father was taken to jail at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after he was detained for questioning. Two law enforcement sources told Denver7 Watts had confessed to killing his wife and daughters. He faces an investigation on one count of first-degree murder after deliberation; two counts of first-degree murder – position of trust; and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
All three were reported missing Monday around 2 p.m. after Shanann did not arrive to a scheduled meeting. In addition to having two daughters, Shanann was also 15 weeks pregnant. The FBI and CBI were brought in to help Frederick police in the investigation.
Weld County prosecutors said they believe Shanann and the girls were killed inside of the family’s home but did not say why they believe that.
The WEld County prosecutors have until Monday to formally charge him and he is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, August 21st.
Only time will tell his real motive for murdering his family and disposing of their bodies the way he did and if he had any help in their murders.