A day later, on Wednesday evening, he was taken into custody in reference to the disappearance of Shanann Watts, 34, and their two daughters — Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.
On Thursday, Colorado Bureau of Investigation officers found three our bodies they imagine to be these of Watts and the 2 youngsters, however are working to verify their identities.
Shanann Watts was 15 weeks pregnant.
Watts had an ’emotional’ speak together with his spouse
The findings marked a significant turning level in a case that shocked the nation — particularly the close-knit group of Frederick, about 30 miles north of Denver.
In an interview exterior his home Tuesday, Chris Watts instructed native media that his spouse arrived residence from a piece occasion in Arizona about 2 a.m. Monday. He stated he left for work just a few hours later — about 5:15 a.m.
Throughout the day, he stated, he known as and texted her thrice, however she didn’t reply. A good friend contacted him and instructed him she was making an attempt to achieve her too, however had not heard again, he stated.
“I got here residence … after which walked in the home and nothing was right here … she wasn’t right here, the youngsters weren’t right here. No person was right here,” Watts stated. “Might she simply have taken off? I do not know.”
The good friend stated she had plans to fulfill Shanann Watts, however Watts did not reply her cellphone or present up for a health care provider’s appointment.
When requested by a reporter whether or not they had argued earlier than her disappearance, Chris Watts stated, “We had an emotional dialog, I will go away it at that. I simply need them again.”
The youngsters have been excited to be massive sisters
Earlier than his arrest, Watts described how a lot he missed watching their daughters curled up on the sofa, watching cartoons. The home felt empty with out them, he stated, and the ladies weren’t there to run him over when he walked into the home.
Simply months earlier, in June, an excited Shanann Watts posted Fb movies through which she instructed her husband and kids that she’s pregnant. In a single video, she’s sporting a T-shirt with the phrases, “Oops we did it once more” as her husband walks into the room.
“Actually? That is superior,” he responds. In one other video, she shares the information with the ladies.
“Guess what ladies? Mommy has a child in her stomach,” she tells the squealing ladies, who soar up and down, then envelope her in a hug.
“I will give the newborn a hug,” Bella says, leaning all the way down to wrap her arms round her mom’s stomach.
Husband faces three counts of homicide
Shanann Watts’ brother, Frankie Rzucek, stated he needs to know why anybody would hurt his sister.
“I simply need 30 seconds alone with that heartless psychopath. Might Devil have mercy on his soul,” he posted on Fb. “Does not take a genius to know who was suspect.”
Native authorities are working with the FBI and state investigators to find out what occurred.
Investigators haven’t revealed a attainable motive or different particulars within the case. A decide sealed the arrest affidavit, which could have supplied that data.
“I simply need to know why,” Rzucek posted. Shanann Watts, he stated, is his solely sibling.
Watts faces three counts of first-degree homicide and three counts of tampering with a human physique, police stated. He is being held with out bond, together with his subsequent court docket look scheduled for Tuesday.
CNN has reached out to Watts’ public defender, however has not heard again. Weld County prosecutors have till Monday to formally cost him.
This text has been up to date to take away some particulars concerning the Watts’ relationship that have been supplied by the couple’s pals to a CNN affiliate.
CNN’s Joe Sutton, Sheena Jones and Dave Alsup contributed to this report.