Kids found in Colorado oil well may have been strangled, filings suggest


After his wife and daughters were reported missing and before he was arrested, Watts stood on his porch and lamented to reporters how much he missed them, saying he longed for the simple things like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up to watch cartoons.

Local media reported that the remains of the two girls were found at the Andarko Petroleum oil field in northern Colorado on Thursday afternoon.

Autopsies were completed Friday on Shanann Watts, 34, and her daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.

The three had gone missing on Monday.

Christopher Watts, 33, was sacked on Wednesday, the day he was arrested, Anadarko Petroleum said.

Ms Watts had worked in a call centre at a children's hospital at the time.

Chris Watts, 33, was arrested in connection with their deaths but has not been formally charged.

Still, they were about $70,000 in debt, most of it from student loans and credit card purchases, according to the filings. "Then I met you!" she continued.

Chris Watts initially said his family was asleep when he left for work early Monday morning.

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Chris Watts, 33, was taken into custody Wednesday (Aug 15) and faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a body in the Denver area of the western USA state.

According to Facebook, Shanann worked as a brand promoter for Le-Vel, who make a Thrive weight loss and wellness patch, which she can be seen wearing in some pictures. Today, police officials say he confessed to killing his wife and two young daughters.

In a second motion, Merson did not ask for DNA of Shanann's throat, but asked for DNA of her hands and nails and the children's hands and nails.

In 2016, a Denver district court judge rejected Eikelenboom as a DNA expert after he admitted to a prosecutor that he had no direct DNA extraction or analysis experience, that he operated an unaccredited lab, that he failed basic proficiency tests in 2011 and 2012, and that he was "self-trained" in running DNA profiles, the Denver district attorney's office said.

It is unclear whether a judge ordered the coroner's officer to swab for DNA.

We learned Thursday evening that authorities had tragically found what the believed to be the bodies of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste Watts at a property belonging to Anadarko Petroleum, their dad's now-former employer.

Authorities are expected to file formal charges Monday against Watts, who authorities said dumped his wife and daughters' bodies on the property located just outside Frederick, a small town on the grassy plains north of Denver where fast-growing subdivisions intermingle with drilling rigs and oil wells. I was just diagnosed with lupus and fibro [fibromyalgia] and I felt like my world was crumbling around me!

"I walked in the house and - nothing", Chris Watts told KMGH.

Chris Watts' lawyers asked that specific DNA testing be performed and that they be allowed to have a defense expert present for all scientific testing. "She wasn't here. The kids weren't here".