Colorado Man Suspected of Killing Pregnant Wife, 2 Daughters


FREDERICK, Colo. — Investigators in Colorado believe they’ve found the bodies of a pregnant mother and her two young daughters.

The sole suspect in their murders is the husband and father, Chris Watts. 

Omar Villafranca has more on Watts’ court appearance and the investigation from Frederick, Colorado.

“Those two little girls are so innocent and so sweet,” family friend Ashley Bell said. “And I just don’t understand how you could do this to your family.”

Bell’s daughter played with Shanann Watt’s 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.

“Are you really excited?” Shanann Watt’s says, as the kids jump around.

Bell’s memories of the seemingly close-knit Colorado family are now shattered.

“I kept telling myself, no, no, no. He wouldn’t do anything to her,” Bell said.

 “Mr. Watts, why did you kill your wife and two children?”

Watts said little inside a Colorado courtroom on Thursday. 

The silence was a dramatic reversal from earlier in the week as Watts pleaded for his family’s safe return.

“I just want them to come back,” Watts said. “And if – if they’re not safe right now, that’s what’s – that’s what’s tearing me apart.”

Thursday, police recovered a body believed to be Shanann’s on an oil field where her husband worked. Bodies believed to be Bella and Celeste were also found in close proximity to their mother.

Watts was fired Wednesday — the same day of his arrest.

Investigators have not revealed a possible motive.

“We loved Shanann and those girls so much,” family friend Amanda Thayer said.

Friends Nicholas and Amanda Thayer say that Shanann expressed concerns of infidelity.

“It came to her mind that possibly he could be cheating,” Amanda Thayer said.

“As horrible as this outcome is, our role is now to do everything that we can to determine exactly what occurred and assist in filing a thorough case,” John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, said.

Formal charges are expected to be filed against Watts on Monday.

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