A Colorado man confessed to killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters who were missing on August 13, Denver7 reports. Shanann Watts disappeared on Monday with her three- and four-year-old daughters Bella and Celeste from her home in Frederick, Colorado, and they were considered "vulnerable." The case gained nationwide attention.
Chris Watts confessed to the death of his wife and daughters on the evening of August 15, just hours after the police held a press conference to ask the public for help finding them, Denver7 reports. According to Denver7, the investigators believe that they know where the bodies of Shanann and her daughters are. Chris and Shanann Watts have been experiencing financial problems in recent years, according to court records.
The Frederick Police did not comment on the report. The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were also involved in the investigation.
Shanann Watts, who was in her 15th week of pregnancy, was last seen by a friend who dropped her off at 1.45 am on Monday after returning from a working trip to Arizona. When Shanann did not respond to text messages and phone calls on Monday morning and did not open her door even though her car was in the driveway, her friend reported her missing, police said. Chris Watts told Denver7 that he saw his wife and children sleeping in bed when he went to work at 5:15 and returned home in the afternoon to find her away.
At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, the Frederick Police said they would investigate all possibilities, but said they did not believe the public was in danger. "There is a lot at stake and we are exploring every opportunity to make sure nothing is out of the question," Frederick Police Sergeant Ian Albert told the press conference ahead of Chris Watts' confession. "I want to assure you that in this case we are working around the clock, we will not rest until we have found the answers we are looking for."
Here's what you need to know about Chris Watts:
1 , Watts gave several interviews with local and national news agencies and said he had an "emotional conversation" with Shanann before she disappeared
Chris Watts gave interviews to local and national news channels about his wife's disappearance on Tuesday and Wednesday and asked his wife to return home with their daughters and say that if someone had taken or injured you, they should contact you.
Watts told The Today Show that he had an "emotional conversation" with his wife after coming home from work on Monday morning. He gave no further details of the conversation, but said it was not a fight.
Watts & # 39; s interview with the local news channel can be viewed here:
Watts told the "Today" show, "I do not feel like this is right right now, it's like a nightmare, from which I can not wake up knowing that they might be in trouble, it's earth shattering. "
He told KMGH-TV," When I came home and then walked in the house, nothing. "Disappeared, there was nothing here. My children are my life, I mean, this smile illuminates my life. "
Chris Watts told Fox News:" That can not I ever, would there ever be an exploration in my life, and I have no inclination where she is, she said she would go to the house of a friend with the children, and that's the last thing I've heard and that was it, it was very vague. "
Before his confession s Chris Watts told 9News that the situation was traumatic. "I just hope now that she's safe somewhere …" he told the news channel. Last night was traumatic – last night was – I can not really stay in this house with anyone here. "
He glowered at his daughters and told the news station," Celeste It's just a bottle of energy, it's – I call it rampage because it has two speeds: go or sleep.) Bella – She's the calmer, careful, maternal kind and she's more like me – she's calmer. ". 2 Details of How & When Shanann & Her Daughters were killed were not published
Chris Watts is in custody, but it is not clear if he has been charged , to Denver 7. The police did not disclose when, where, or how Shanann Watts and her daughters were killed. According to CBS Denver, Watts agreed to bring the police to the bodies of his wife and daughters so they can be recovered.
Chris Watts said when he left for work at 5:15, Shanann Watts was home and saw his daughters sleeping on their baby monitor, NBC News reports.
While at work, Watts claimed, "I texted them a few times, called them, but I did not get an answer," Chris Watts told the news channel. "That was a little off the mark." He said he checked his doorbell camera and saw that a friend had come home around noon and nobody answered what worried him. It is not clear if any of these things really happened.
Watts also claimed that he went back to his house and found Shanann's car in the driveway, but she was not in the house. His daughters Bella and Celeste were also away and the house seemed to be locked, he said. A friend told NBC News that Shanann's keys, purse, and phone were in the house along with the baby seats and their medications. At 1:40 pm, Shanann was reported missing by her friend. Police said her husband had not reported her missing.
Nickole Utoft, Shannan Watts' close friend, who dropped her off at her home early Monday morning, told Fox News: " I called her and wrote her several times "on Monday. "I knew she had a doctor's appointment this morning because she was pregnant, she did not show up for it … and I was even more worried." She said that they also had plans to meet later in the day, but Shanann never came to meet her.
"I do not know where she is, it's completely different than her," Utoft said before the reports that Chris Watts had confessed to killing his family.
The police were at Watts's house on Wednesday and removed evidence:
Public records show that Watts has no criminal record, with the exception of traffic offenses.
Shanann Watts' brother Frankie Rzucek wrote on Facebook on Wednesday: "This piece of shit he can rot in hell, he killed my pregnant sister and my two nieces, her husband Chris was assaulted, my family was murdered … We just found out that she was pregnant with a boy and his name was Nico. "
He added," I just want to know why, my precious family, Bella, Celeste and they have just I just want to spend 30 seconds alone with this heartless psychopath May Satan be gracious to his soul The police are beating their feet He was the only one with them and propped his truck in the garage It does not take a genius to to know who was suspicious, my blood boils and the pain and anger and sadness that I have in my heart, nothing would absolutely stand in my way to take away his life, as he did mine and my ENTIRE FA MILIE. "
3. Watts, who worked for an oil and gas company, and his wife filed for bankruptcy and recently sued by her homeowner association
Chris and Shanann Watts filed an application for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in June 2015 in the Federal Supreme Court in Colorado. Chris Watts was working for an oil and gas company, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. at the time, but it is not clear if he is still there. The couple was about $ 448,000 in debt at the time. The bankruptcy was closed in October 2015.
Online court records also show that Chris and Shanann Watts were sued for financial reasons by their homeowners' association Wyndham Hill Master Association Inc. on July 12, 2018. Details about this case were not immediately available. They were put on trial on 24 August. A lawyer was not listed in the court records for the Watts.
Chris and Shanann Watts were married on November 3, 2012 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, according to online records.  4. Shannan Watts had worked as a Brand Promoter for a Health & Wellness Company and posted on Facebook. How excited she was over the next stages of her life
Shanann Watts worked for Le-Vel, a company that sells Thrive Health and Wellness products, according to her LinkedIn profile. She has been with the company since January 2016 and was a very successful brand promoter, rising to the 80K level. Previously, she worked from 2013 to 2016 as a HR specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora.
On July 31, Watts wrote enthusiastically about her August plans on Facebook.
"I'm so excited about August Girl and I're going home on August 7th I'm flying to Scottsdale from 10-12 August to spend a great weekend with my family Le-Vel! Gender Reveal for Baby Watts # 3! Our team has had much success, personal and business growth, several new friends starting their thrive experience, and many new promoters who have decided to change their lives! Much excitement, thankful! "Wrote you. "You know what I love about waking up everyday … It's a whole new day to have a fresh start, to be better than I was yesterday, to help someone feel better and happier, someone to smile and laugh I'm just really blessed and I love to wake up grateful and happy! If you're not happy, it's up to you to change that! "
On her Instagram page, Watts wrote that she was a "Momtrepreneur, Wife and 80K VIP LeVel Promoter of the # 1 Health and Wellness Movement in the US, The Thrive Experience "
Many friends and other promoters of the brand Thrive had written about the search for Shanann on their social media pages.
On Instagram, Shanann wrote about what to do for her with Le-Vel be:
I did not become friends ?
I was banned ?
I was criticized ?
I was rejected ?
I was issuing negative DS comments?
I was over laughed
I laughed ?
I was told "You're crazy" 1965
BUT …. I was also a friend, accepted, praised, recognized for my success, cried, laughed, won allies , was an inspiration to many and changed my life forever. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ There will always be someone in the corner waiting to hate what you are doing. Do not pay attention. Be confident in what you do, forsake yourself and live a life in service. Try to bless and not impress. With the right attitude you will see that your business is changing for the better.
She marked May 7, 2018, after #mystoryisonlybeginning. The comment was posted next to a photo of an article in Strive, a magazine for Thrive brand promoters.
I did not become friends ? I got blocked ? I was criticized ? I was rejected ? I was the cost of negative DS comments ? I was laughed ? I rolled my eyes ? I was told, "You're crazy" ? BUT. … I was also a friend, accepted, praised, recognized my success, wept, laughed, won allies, was an inspiration to many, and changed my life forever. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ There will always be someone in the corner waiting to hate what you are doing. Do not pay attention. Be confident in what you do, forsake yourself and live a life in service. Try to bless and not impress. With the right attitude you will see that your business is changing for the better. , , , #mystorysonlybegin #happy #healthy #livewell #lifeisgood #smile #drive #dieserwhereithrive #confidence #helpothers #driveexperience #different #itwork #itreallyworks #innovation #woolablenutrition #bossbabe #inspire #instapic #magazine #drive #mylvlife #sunrisephoto #beautiful #photooftheday #linkinbio #icanchangeyourlife #dreams #oals
In the magazine's article, Watts talked about how she did it had previously been a "caretaker for everyone else", but had never been happier after starting her work with Thrive. She said she had previously worked two jobs, including overnight in the hospital, and raising her young daughters. "My role was as a janitor and to make people feel better I was wiped out." She said she had been working with a friend for 14 months and decided to join in on her own.
"On day 5, my husband noticed I was in a better mood," she said. Watts also talked about the hard work needed to get the new job done. He said, "I worked 65 hours a week, taking care of my children, I rarely slept, but my passion for wanting more for my children was stronger than anything else."
She added, "Me wake up happy and work on a level where I can cope without two kids a fight is huge .. I just enjoy the pure joy of being with my family .. I have the patience to be so happy, my children deserve. "