Court documents: Colorado children found in oil well, may have been strangled

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Authorities said they found the bodies of Watts' pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, at a Colorado oil facility Thursday after they were reported missing Monday.

By Thursday, authorities said that they had found the bodies of 4-year-old Belle, 3-year-old Celeste and their mother, all "in close proximity" to each other.

He's expected to be formally charged by Monday.

Wednesday night, Chris was arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder, and three counts of tampering with deceased bodies.

Shanann Watts' body was found on the property of a petroleum and natural gas exploration company, authorities said. Police recovered the bodies of the two girls from an oil tank.

Ashley Bell, who owns a tanning salon and was a close friend of Shanann Watts, told KDVR that the "gender reveal" party had been scheduled for August 18.

If you were watching Christopher Watts on Tuesday, what you saw was a man who claimed to have no idea where his missing pregnant wife and daughters were. "They were always so-I'm completely lost for words", Bell said.

He has been kept in protective custody at the jail, where he is being held without bond, because of the publicity surrounding the case.

Chris Watts worked at Anadarko for an unspecified amount of time but was terminated on August 15, 2018, a spokesperson for the company said.

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Attorneys for Chris Watts indicated in a court filing that the bodies of the children were in an "oil well filled with crude oil for several days".

According to her Facebook page, Shanann Watts and her family had strong ties to Passaic County.

Merson also requested that DNA samples be taken from Shanann Watt's hands and nails along with the children's nails.

"This is absolutely the worst possible outcome that any of us could imagine", Camper said.

Prosecutors will ask a court to unseal the affidavit for Watts' arrest after filing formal charges, which are due by mid-afternoon on Monday, said Krista Henery, a spokeswoman for district attorney Michael Rourke. "If I don't know anything, obviously I can't have anything to do with it", O'Toole said, describing the implication of Watts' comments.

'I came home and it was like I walked into a ghost town.

Heartbreaking social media posts from earlier this year show Mrs Watts lavishing praise on her husband. I just feel so alone in this house right now. Now more details are making their way in from Frederick, Colorado, about the state in which those bodies were found.

"She would take the kids to the pool and [Chris Watts] would always take them in a little wagon", he said. The following day, Christopher Watts stood in front of a parade of news cameras and told reporters that his children were his life.

"I wish I could go back in time and be there to keep you safe from harm".

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