EVIL Monster: Dad 'STRANGLED' Daughters, 4 and 3, and stuffed murdered sisters into oil tan
Culled from New York Post
The bodies of two young Colorado girls whose father pleaded on TV news for their safe return were found inside “mostly full” oil and gas tanks, according to law enforcement sources, New York Post reported.
Several high-ranking sources close to the investigation told KMGH they believe Christopher Watts, 33, placed the bodies of his daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, in the containers owned by his former employer, Anadarko Petroleum, to mask the smell of decomposition from passers-by.
Police in Frederick, about 30 miles north of Denver, announced Thursday that evidence technicians from its department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation found two bodies that investigators strongly believe are Bella and Celeste.
Police officials declined to elaborate on where the girls’ bodies were found, but said they were discovered “in close proximity” to the other body that investigators believe is Watts’ pregnant wife, Shanann, who was reported missing Monday along with the couple’s two daughters.
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Authorities made the disturbing discoveries one day after Christopher Watts was arrested on suspicion of murdering his family. He remains held without bail at the Weld County Jail.
“This is absolutely the worst possible outcome that any of us could possibly imagine,” John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, told reporters during a news conference on Thursday.
“And I think our hearts are broken for the town of Frederick as much as anybody.”
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Authorities declined to discuss a possible motive in the alleged triple killing, as well as how they believe Shanann Watts and her daughters were killed and whether Christopher Watts has been cooperative with investigators.
Two law enforcement sources told KMGH that Watts has confessed to killing his wife and his daughters. A spokesman for Anadarko also confirmed to the station that Watts had been employed by the company until Wednesday, the day of his arrest.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, have said they believe Shanann Watts and her daughters were killed inside the family’s home, but declined to elaborate, KMGH reports.
Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said formal charges against Watts will be filed by Monday.
While investigators have not given a motive for the alleged killings, documents obtained by KDVR indicate that the Wattses had filed for bankruptcy three years ago, claiming $70,000 in debt.
The Chapter 7 filing from June 2015 showed their savings accounts had less than $10 in them, while their joint checking account had a paltry $864. Student loans and retail purchases comprised the majority of the debt, according to the documents.
A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Friday in front of the Wattses’ home, KMGH reports.
Watts, whose wife was 15 weeks pregnant, told the station during an interview Tuesday that his wife’s purse, keys and phone were at their Frederick home prior to her disappearance. She had been returning home from a business trip in Arizona, he said.
“She never got back to me, but she wasn’t getting back to any of her people as well, and that’s what really concerned a lot of people,” Watts told KMGH. “I hope that she’s somewhere safe right now with the kids.
But I mean, could she have vanished, just taken off? I don’t know, but if somebody has her and they’re not safe, I want them back now.”