United States man charged with killing wife and two daughters

Glen Norman
August 17, 2018

Ashley Bell, left, is consoled by her husband, Steven, and 4-year-old daughter Liberty as the woman places a tribute outside the home where a pregnant woman and her two daughters lived Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Frederick, Colo. "I want everybody to just come home".

Watts, 34, and her two daughters had been the subject of an intense search since they were reported missing on Monday.

Property records say a woman whose husband has been arrested in the disappearance of her and their two young daughters appears to have moved to Colorado from North Carolina with her husband around 2012.

She said the two friends were supposed to meet later in the day, but Watts didn't answer her phone.

Shanann's brother posted on social media that Christopher confessed to the killings to investigators and added his sister was 15 weeks pregnant with a boy.

A family friend reported Shanann Watts and her daughters missing on Monday, police said. "She seemed pretty happy".

"She was always about her girls", Bell said.

"She said she was going to a friend's house with the kids and that's the last thing I heard, and that was it". "Could she have just taken off?"


Frederick Police Department received a missing person call just before 2 p.m. Monday, Sgt. Ian Albert said.

Watts made a brief appearance in court and was ordered held without bail until at least his next court appearance next week, Weld County assistant district attorney Robert Miller said.

She called her husband "my ROCK!" and said he was "the best dad us girls could ask for".

"I just don't understand it", she said, reaching out to accept a flower that her daughter picked from a nearby lawn.

Christopher Lee Watts, 33, and his wife Shanann, had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in July 2015, claiming liabilities of more than $400,000. The house felt empty without them, he said, and their daughters were not there to run him over when he walked into the house.

"My kids are my life".

Shanann Watts' Facebook account paints a portrait of a happy married life, with a constant feed of photos and videos of friends, relatives and herself. She lit up every room and was a joy to be around.

"Really? That's awesome", he responds. "She would do anything for her girls".


"Guess what girls? Mommy has a baby in her belly", she tells the squealing girls, who jump up and down, then envelope her in a hug. On May 5, she wrote: "I love this man!"

A noticeable increase in police activity could be seen late Wednesday night at the family's home in the 2800 block of Saratoga Trail in Frederick's Wyndham Hill subdivision.

"As frightful as this outcome is, our role now is to do everything we can to determine exactly what occurred", John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said at a news conference in Frederick, a small town on the grassy plains north of Denver, where fast-growing subdivisions intermingle with drilling rigs and oil wells.

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.

Watts faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body, police said Thursday.

Law enforcement officials say they believe they know where they can find the bodies. I just feel so alone in this house right now. "May Satan have mercy on his soul", he posted on Facebook.

The police said on Twitter early Thursday that Chris Watts will be held at the Weld County Jail. The company said Watts used to work there, but declined to say when his employment ended. "Please keep Shanann's parents and brother in your prayers", the statement said.


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