Chris Watts may have strangled his daughters, pregnant wife Shanann Watts

Chris Watts may have strangled his daughters, pregnant wife Shanann Watts

Chris Watts may have strangled his daughters, pregnant wife Shanann Watts

Authorities said Shanann was 15-weeks pregnant at the time she was declared missing Monday.

A photograph sits amid the tributes as they grow outside the home where Shanann Watts and her daughters, Bella and Celeste, lived in Frederick, Colo.

The newspaper quotes "high-ranking" police sources who allege that Watts placed the bodies of the two young girls in tanks "that were mostly full".

Watts is being held without bail. "They were always so - I'm completely lost for words", she told Fox 31 Denver.

Shanann is seen left in late June while on vacation visiting family in North Carolina, and right in a recent pregnancy announcement photo.

They also remembered Watts' children: four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste.

According to a Facebook post from her brother, Frankie Rzucek, she was pregnant with a boy.

"Somebody's going to tell her and she needs to hear it from us", said Amanda. The company had been very cooperative, he said. The company said Chris Watts used to work there, but declined to say when his employment ended.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Chris Watts was arrested late August 15, and prosecutors said on August 16 that his family was murdered inside of his home. Their bodies were found Thursday at the site of the petroleum company where Chris Watts once worked, authorities said. He was sacked on the day of his arrest, a spokeswoman for Anadarko said.

Police said they conducted a welfare check after Watts' friend called and requested one.

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Watts was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of three counts of murder. The district attorney has until Monday to bring formal charges, at which point the arrest affidavit may be unsealed, revealing how Watts became a suspect.

CNN affiliate KMGH aired video showing Chris Watts' pickup truck being towed from the family's home overnight, as well as investigators removing items from the house in garbage bags.

Police said the girls' mother, Shanann Watts, 34, was found dead on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of the largest oil and gas drillers in Colorado, where 33-year-old Christopher Watts worked as an operator. They made me strive to be an even better man.

Shanann Watts' body was found on Thursday morning.

But he grew anxious, he said, when one of her friends contacted him around noon and said she wasn't responding to messages.

Chris Watts walks into a Weld County courtroom on Thursday. She wasn't here, the kids weren't here, it was like they were here and then they were gone'.

A few hours before a planned candlelight vigil, about a dozen community members gathered at the Wyndham Hill Master Association Clubhouse down the street from the Watts' home.

"I just want 30 seconds alone with that heartless psychopath".

No motive has been released, leaving family and friends searching for answers.

Ashley Bell met Shanann Watts about two years ago, when the mother of two came into Bell's new tanning salon in nearby Dacono. She lit up every room and was a joy to be around. You spoil us with love an attention! They also were using the meeting to sign poster boards thanking the law enforcement officers who have been working the case. "Given that the investigation is ongoing, please direct all questions to law enforcement".

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