Colorado man arrested after pregnant wife, 2 children vanish

Aaron Brown
August 17, 2018

Later that afternoon, around 12:15 p.m., Watts says that after receiving no response to repeated text messages and phone calls, Shanann's friend Nicole, who had also not been receiving responses from her, showed up at the Watts' home.

There's no word on the charges Chris Watts faces.

Police say 34-year-old Shanann Watts, 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella haven't been seen or heard from since Monday.

Chris Watts is being held in the Weld County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder and three charges of tampering with physical evidence, reported the Associated Press.

After Chris Watts' pregnant wife and two young daughters were reported missing in their Colorado town Monday, his friends, Nick and Amanda Thayer, rushed to his side.

Authorities have a "strong reason to believe" they know where the girls' bodies are and recovery efforts are underway, officials added. On Tuesday, Watts gave an emotional interview, pleading for his family's safe return.

The couple's daughters Celeste, three, and Bella, four, were reported missing at the same time.

The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation had been searching for the mother, who were declared "endangered and missing" on Tuesday. Beach said she was a nice person with two lovely children, both of whom he had seen on their recent visit.

KDVR reports Shannan's brother posted on Facebook that Watts confessed to their murders.

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"It's not something I could ever, ever fathom would happen in my lifetime, and I have no inclination of where she is". Watts said she never returned several calls from him and other friends, causing him to start worrying.

The three did not take a family vehicle when they left, according to police. Shannan is 15 weeks pregnant.

As vans and cars filled with people from television news stations lined up along Saratoga Trail late Wednesday morning, where the Watts live, neighbors had little more details to provide than the police. Chris told ABC News affiliate Denver 7 on August 14, "I$3 hope that she's somewhere safe right now and with the kids, but I mean could she have [the] van..." "If somebody has her, please bring her. ..."

Shanann Watts has North Carolina ties, according to WTVD.

He has reportedly confessed to killing the family, according to local media.

"Right now I don't even want to just throw anything out there".

Watts is being held without bond at the Weld County Jail.

Bell said she never detected that anything was wrong between Shannan and her husband.

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