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Chris Watts case: Sources say bodies of 2 daughters concealed inside oil and gas tanks

Posted: 10:49 PM, Aug 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-17 14:51:14Z

FREDERICK, Colorado – The bodies of Chris Watts’ two young daughters were found inside oil and gas tanks that “were mostly full,” several high-ranking sources tell Scripps' Denver affiliate KMGH-TV.

The high ranking sources said Thursday evening they believe Watts placed the bodies of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste in the oil and gas tanks owned by Anadarko in order to hide the bodies and conceal the smell.

Frederick police officials said in a 6:30 p.m. update Thursday that the bodies of the two young girls were found in close proximity to the other body whom officers strongly believe is Shanann Watts. Her  body was found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum  earlier Thursday. Investigators have not yet confirmed the location of the bodies. 

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They were recovered as 33-year-old Christopher Watts sat behind bars at the Weld County Jail on suspicion of murdering his family.

Watts was an employee at Anadarko up until Wednesday, the oil and gas company confirmed to Denver7. 

The husband and father was  taken to jail at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday  after he was detained for questioning. Two law enforcement sources said Watts had confessed to killing his wife and daughters. He faces investigation on one count of first-degree murder after deliberation; two counts of first-degree murder – position of trust; and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

All three  were reported missing Monday  around 2 p.m. after Shanann did not arrive to a scheduled meeting. In addition to having two daughters, Shanann was also 15 weeks pregnant.  The FBI and CBI were brought in to help  Frederick police in the investigation.

Weld County prosecutors said they believe Shanann and the girls were killed inside of the family’s home but did not say why they believe that.

There is a candlelight vigil in front of the Watts home scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Friday.