Christopher Watts was formally charged with three counts of murder and three counts of evidence tampering on Thursday as investigators announced a grim discovery. Watts, 33, is being held without bail after police said he confessed to killing his wife and children. Thursday afternoon, detectives found the bodies of his wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and his daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, all of whom were reported missing on Monday. Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant.
Earlier in the week, Watts had gone on several local news stations, looked directly into the camera and pleaded for the safe return of his wife and children. Investigators said they found the bodies on the property of the oil company where he used to work. During those appearances on local TV, Watts had admitted he and Shanann had a disagreement, which he described as “an emotional conversation” at some point prior to her disappearance. He appeared in court in shackles and an orange jumpsuit Thursday where a judge ordered him to be held without bail.
Friends in the suburb north of Denver who allowed Watts to stay with them while police searched for Shanann, Bella and Celeste said he showed no emotion while he was in their home and that they were shocked to learn he’d confessed to the crime. Shanann’s family in a previous statement condemned Watts as “inhumane” for the brutal alleged killings.
Police haven’t released a motive or any information on how the three were killed. By all accounts, the couple looked to be living a happy life. Shanann’s Facebook feed was filled with photos of her children and her husband, along with pictures of friends and other relatives. She appeared to be a happy woman, who was looking forward to becoming a mother for the third time. In recent postings, she called her husband “my ROCK!” and said he was “the best dad us girls could ask for.”
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