Bodies of missing Colorado pregnant wife and two children found at ‘killer’ husband’s work after his TV plea

Chris Watts' wife Shanann and the couple's two young daughters were found dead on Thursday at the oil and gas exploration site where he worked.

Shanann's body was found earlier in the day at the Anadarko oil and gas site where Watts was employed near the family home in Frederick, on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado.

The bodies of the couple's two daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three, were found later at the same industrial site.

Prosecutors say they believe the victims were killed in their home and the bodies later moved, but no cause of death has yet been made public in the case.

The Watts family murder – what is known so far:

  • The bodies of Shanann and her kids have been found dumped in a gas compound
  • Investigators say they were killed at the family home before their bodies were moved
  • Prosecutors have been told they now have until Monday to file charges against Watts
  • Shanann had just landed a glamorous new job which kept her away from home
  • The couple once filed for bankruptcy and were facing a hefty fine in court next week
  • Family friends say there were no signs the well-liked couple were in any kind of crisis

Authorities have not revealed a possible motive or other details in the case. A judge sealed the arrest affidavit, which might have provided that information.

However, things are said to have changed recently after Shanann landed herself an $80,000-a-year job promoting health supplements and patches.

The perks of her new role inlcuded a Lexus company car and paid trips to Mexico, Las Vegas and the Dominican Republic – taking her away from her family.



The young mum was on a work trip just hours before she and her kids were killed sparking fears her husband felt jealous about her great new job.

The children had  spent the weekend at home with their father while their mother was away working, police confirmed.

Meanwhile a tragic text has emerged sent by Watts to his wife after she sent him an ultrasound photo of their unborn baby – who they planned to call Niko.

"Little Peanut!! Love her/him already!!!" he wrote in response to the ultrasound image.

Shanann shared the exchange on Facebook later writing: "I love Chris! He's the best dad us girls could ask for."

A chilling photo has also emerged which was also posted on Shanann's Facebook showing a "body" covered in a death shroud – days before she was killed.

The mum told how her daughters had wrapped a three-foot plastic doll in the mat from the game Twister.

"I don’t know what to think about this…" Shanann wrote while adding two laughing-tears emojis.

Family friends have now revealed they have been left dumbfounded by the brutal killings.

One man told how he spent time with Chris Watts and his daughters just a few days ago and all seemed fine.

“You know, the hardest part about it all is – when you're closer to the family… is the 'why?'” said Jerry Lindstrom. “The why gets bigger.

"We're dumbfounded,” Lindstrom said Thursday night. “We don't get it. Lost.

“He was a good mechanic if you needed help with your car – he'd help you. If you needed help with furniture, he'd be over there in a heartbeat to help you out.

"It's just horrible,” he said. “Why do people do this? Why does it come down to this? There had to have been an easier route."

On Wednesday, Watts, 33, appeared on US TV to claim he had absolutely no idea where his wife and kids had disappeared to hours before "confessing" to cops.

He was filmed outside the family home as he pleaded for the safe return of his missing family – hours before reportedly confessing to killing them.

He looked into the cameras as he said: "I have no idea, like, where they went. I don't feel like this is even real right now. It's like a nightmare I can't wake up from."

During the interview – now seen around the world – he told how he called in the cops after learning his house was deserted.

However, just hours later legal sources claimed he had confessed to killing his family.

Watts has not been formally charged. A judge ordered him held without bail. As he was escorted into the courtroom, Watts did not speak.

Watts earlier claimed he texted his wife numerous times but didn't receive any response
Shanann worked for a company which sells weight loss and wellness patches
Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant with the couple's third child when she disappeared

Cops said Watts made the shocking confession earlier in the week, according to Denver7. The police later tweeted Watts is being held at the Weld County Jail.

The FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are also investigating the incident, local legal sources told reporters on the ground.

During the interview, Watts claimed he texted his wife numerous times but didn't get any response which he thought was odd. He then raced home but found it empty and quickly filed a missing persons report with the cops.

Did suspect's body language give himself away?

Renowned body language expert Judi James has analysed Chris Watts interview and reveals any clues which may have given him away.

"Body language is not a precise science and using it in legal cases like this one can be especially difficult as lying signals can depend primarily on guilt-based responses.

"What this means is that an honest person lying about a very minor misdemeanor can easily look more guilty than a murderer who might be incapable of feelings of guilt or even who believes their actions were justified.

"The other feature of this footage is that – like a lot of people wanting to look honest – he clearly sticks to the true events of his story.

"The narrative here is about the friend calling him and how the house was empty when he got there.

"These are likely to be events that he really did experience, so the verbal version and the non-verbal signals would be more likely to be congruent and it is often this that gives an impression of being cool and collected.

"His arms are folded which would help avoid any gesticulation that might be incongruent to the verbal narrative. Although this creates a physical 'poker face' his emotions still emerge via a side-to-side swaying of the body and a shaking of the head as he talks.

"The head shake will look like a 'no' gesture but it can also be used to register disbelief. His eyes move to his right as he relates his story before coming back to perform sustained bouts of quite level eye contact.

"The sideways glance can suggest someone is accessing creative thinking but this trait isn't true of everyone. Eye contact is often seen as a signal of truthfulness but it is often acted quite effectively by people who are guilty too.

"His blink rate isn't accelerated to a point where you might suspect anxiety or fear but his breathing does sound a little shallow, which can happen under pressure. However that pressure could be caused by either guilt or by anxiety about a  missing family."

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