Authorities in Colorado announced Thursday night they have located the bodies of two girls who they believe are the daughters of Shanann Watts, a pregnant woman found slain earlier Thursday.
Shanann Watts, 34, and her daughters Bella, 3, and Celeste, 4, were reported missing Monday from their Frederick home.
Watts’ body was found Thursday on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of the state’s largest oil and gas drillers, where her husband, Christopher Watts, used to work, police said.
Authorities did not disclose where the bodies they presume are the children were discovered, but they confirmed they were located “in close proximity to the other body” whom officers believe is Shanann Watts, according to a town of Frederick Facebook post.
Christopher Watts, 33, was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. He has not yet been formally charged, and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office said they anticipate filing formal charges Monday.
“We wish we had a different outcome,” Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said after Watts’ court appearance Thursday. “We wish would’ve been able to locate them alive.”
Wearing shackles and an orange jumpsuit, Watts appeared in court for the first time Thursday. During the hearing, Judge Marcelo Kopcow said the court found probable cause for Watts’ warrantless arrest early Thursday morning.
“At this point, the court is not authorizing any bail,” Kopcow said, adding that bond will be readdressed once formal charges are filed.
Watts is currently being held in the Weld County jail without bond. He is next scheduled to appear in Weld County court Tuesday morning, when he will be advised on his formal charges.
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Source: USA Today