Missing Frederick woman, daughters dead; husband detained, source says

Shannan Watts

In addition to three counts of murder, the father has been charged with three counts of obstructing justice for allegedly tampering with physical evidence.

Chris Watts, 33, was taken into custody on Wednesday in the town of Frederick.

The CBI issued a missing-endangered alert for the three on Tuesday.

The Frederick Police Department, the CBI and the Federal Bureau of Investigation canvassed the area and on Wednesday night, arrested 33-year-old Christopher Watts.

Byron Falls, who bought Shanann Watts' house in Belmont, west of Charlotte, said Thursday that she had been in a hurry to sell and left behind the furniture as part of the sale. Her husband Chris watts admitted to murdering my family.

Chris Watts walks into a Weld County courtroom on Thursday.

Watts initially said his wife and children were missing, claiming his wife had disappeared without a trace, leaving her purse and keys at home in Frederick, located about 30 miles north of Denver.

A man believed to be Shanann's brother, Frankie Rzucek, shared his rage and sadness at her killing on Facebook.




In one of her final Facebook status updates posted on August 8, the busy mum-of-two with a third child on the way listed all the things she had done that day and bragged about having enough energy to accomplish everything "while 4 months preggo", which she attributed to her Thrive patch.

"We feel so stupid. trusting him to stay the night in the same house as our daughter", Nick Thayer told ABC News on Thursday, overcome with emotion.

"I just want them back", he said.

While the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation conducted their search for the family, Chris Watts told reporters he was traumatized by the disappearance and was hoping for his family's safe return. Judge Marcelo Kopcow told prosecutors to file formal charges by Monday and set a Tuesday hearing to review the charges with Watts.

Later that day, he said, "I texted her a few times, called her, but I didn't get a response".

The post was accompanied by a selfie showing Shanann smiling into the camera and pointing to a square pink-and-white sticker on her chest. "She's always gung-ho ready to go".

The husband of a missing, pregnant Colorado woman was arrested Wednesday evening in connection with her disappearance and that of their two young daughters, police in Frederick, Colorado say. Because he had not yet appeared in court, there was no immediate record of whether he had hired a lawyer.

Police haven't confirmed that confession nor have they released any information on the whereabouts or conditions of the missing wife or daughters.

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