Christopher Watts, 33, is in custody at the Weld County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder after deliberation, two counts of first-degree murder of a victim under the age of 12 while in a position of trust, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
Their father is accused of killing the girls and their mother, Shanann Watts, and is thought to have committed the murder at the family's residence, prosecutors said Thursday. He has not yet been formally charged, and the Weld County District Attorney's Office said they anticipate filing formal charges Monday. Celeste was 3 years old and Bella was 4.
Police were cagey on what led them to the discovery of the bodies, or even when the mom and two girls were killed, but said they do not believe there is a danger to the community.
In front of the Watts' home on Saratoga Trail, neighbors have created a memorial of stuffed animals, flowers and toys. Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant and had recently returned home from a business trip in Arizona before going missing. I just want them to come back.
Falls said he didn't meet Shanann Watts and that an agent handled the closing for her.
Police executed a search warrant at the house where the family lives, and investigators were seen taking bags of evidence out of the house.
WNCN looked into the family's background and found that the husband and wife have ties to North Carolina.
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In a picture posted on August 11, she is seen at the Yard House in Scottsdale with coworkers from Le-vel, which markets weight-loss patches and supplements under the brand-name Thrive. Watts originally explained that they were just ... gone.
Frankie Rzucek, who is identified on Shanann Watts' Facebook page as being her brother, posted overnight on his page saying he just wanted to know why.
"I hope that she's somewhere safe right now with the kids", Watts said. "That's what I want". They were drowning in a mortgage and more than $50,000 in credit card debt, bankruptcy court documents show.
One of Shanann Watt's friends posted on Facebook saying she left her phone, purse, auto seats and children's medicine at home early Monday morning.
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Chris Watts told "Today" Wednesday morning he was living a "nightmare".
"It's not something I could ever, ever fathom would happen in my lifetime, and I have no inclination of where she is".
At a terse new conference in the late morning, flanked by police and FBI agents, Colorado Bureau of Investigations Director John Camper announced "absolutely the worst possible outcome anybody could imagine".
Later that day, he said, "I texted her a few times, called her, but I didn't get a response".
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Authorities say they are certain they have found Shanann's body and the location of the bodies of their two children is known, but police were still working to recover them.