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Bodies of Colorado mom Shanann Watts and two young daughters were submerged in crude oil 4 days

August 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Bodies of Colorado mom Shanann Watts and two young daughters were submerged in crude oil 4 days

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Colorado mom Shanann Watts and her two children were submerged in crude oil for 4 days: Documents

The remains of two missing Colorado children, ages 3 and 4, were immersed in crude oil for four days before they were discovered on Thursday, according to court documents.

Christopher Watts, the girl’s father, is accused of slaying his pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two children, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste Watts.

It is alleged that the two girls were strangled to death, according to the Denver Post.

Denver’s KMGH-TV reported that the father placed the girls’ remains inside oil and gas tanks on his employer’s property to prevent others from smelling the bodies.

Shanann Watts was located nearby, but details surrounding her death have not been revealed.

On Friday, Christopher Watts’ lawyer, James Merson, filed a motion defending his client against the allegations that he murdered his wife and kids. Investigators separately announced that same day that the Weld County Coroner’s Office had conducted autopsies and verified that the bodies are those of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste Watts.

Chris Watts is accused of killing his wife and two daughters (Booking Photo)

Before he was arrested on Wednesday, Christopher Watts told the press that he missed his wife and daughters and that he wished for the simple things like telling his daughters to eat their dinner and staring at them as they watched cartoons.

Authorities have not released details of a motive or how the mother and daughters were murdered. More testing is expected to help ascertain the cause of their deaths.

Watts, an oil and gas worker, who police said dumped his wife and daughters’ bodies on his employer’s property, is expected to face charges this week.

Shanann was discovered dead on the premises owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of Colorado’s largest oil and gas drillers, where Christopher Watts, 33, was employed as an operator. Detectives found the bodies of Bella and Celeste nearby. Watts was terminated on Wednesday, the same day he was taken into custody.

The family’s two-story residence is located outside Frederick, which is roughly 30 miles north of Denver.

Christopher Watts started working for Anadarko as an operator in 2015, according to a bankruptcy filing from that year. Shanann Watts was then employed at a children’s hospital call center, earning approximately $18 an hour.

Records show that the couple, who made a combined income of $90,000 in 2014, were dealing with mounting debt, including thousands of dollars in credit card debt, loans, and medical bills.

Details surrounding what led police to arrest Watts on three counts of murder and evidence tampering are expected to be released next week.

Prosecutors will request that the court to unseal the affidavit for Watts’ arrest after they file formal charges, which are due by Monday, according to Krista Henery, a spokeswoman for Michael Rourke, the district attorney.

“I don’t understand it,” Ashley Bell, a friend of Shanann Watts, said. She also referred to Christopher Watts as a loving father.

“She didn’t give me an indication there was anything wrong. She seemed happy,” Joe Beach, the neighbor of Shanann’s parents, said.

The case, which includes the death of Shanann’s unborn baby, has brought revived focus on Colorado’s lack of a law permitting homicide charges in the violent deaths of unborn children.

Plans to allow homicide charges in the violent deaths of fetuses in Colorado have been stymied by debate about how to circumvent encroaching on abortion rights.

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