He Begged on TV for His Household’s Return. Then He Was Accused of Killing Them.


Chris Watts stood on his porch in Frederick, Colo., on Tuesday, and pleaded in an interview with a tv reporter for his lacking spouse and two younger kids to return dwelling.

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“Shanann, Bella, Celeste, for those who’re on the market, simply come again,” Mr. Watts stated, staring into the digicam. “If any individual has her, simply deliver her again. I have to see everyone, I have to see everyone once more. This home shouldn’t be full with out anyone right here.”

However there could be no reunion. On Wednesday night time, Mr. Watts, 33, was arrested and accused of killing his spouse, Shanann, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and his two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, the authorities stated. He faces prices that embody three counts of first-degree homicide. The police declined to debate any motive for the killings.

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Mr. Watts was set to look in court docket Thursday afternoon for a bond listening to. It was not instantly clear if he had a lawyer.

His spouse and two kids had been lacking since Monday, and the police had searched his dwelling and scoured the encircling space with Okay-9 models. Mr. Watts stated within the seven-minute interview that he and Ms. Watts had had an “emotional” dialogue earlier than her disappearance, however he declined to enter element.

Ms. Watts’s physique was discovered on the property of Anadarko Petroleum Company, an oil firm the place Mr. Watts had labored, the authorities stated at a information convention on Thursday. They believed they knew the place the 2 kids’s our bodies have been, they stated, however they’d not recovered the stays but.

Anadarko stated Thursday that Mr. Watts was not an worker. “We’re heartbroken by this, and our ideas and prayers are with the family members and buddies of the Watts household,” a spokeswoman stated.

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A news report from Denver7, the ABC affiliate that interviewed Mr. Watts at his home, said that Mr. Watts had confessed to the crimes Wednesday night. The police would not confirm on Thursday that he had confessed.

Mr. Watts is being held in Weld County Jail. His arrest concluded a nearly three-day search in Frederick, a town with a population of 12,000 about 30 miles north of Denver. The 20-person Frederick Police Department worked around the clock, and the search effort eventually grew to include the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the F.B.I., the authorities said.

Frankie Rzucek, Ms. Watts’s brother, posted on Facebook on Thursday about “the pain and anger and sadness I have in my heart.”

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“My blood is boiling,” he wrote. “Nothing absolutely nothing would get in my way of taking away his life like he did mine and my ENTIRE FAMILY.”

Members of the community placed teddy bears, candles and roses outside the family’s home on Thursday.

In the interview with the television reporter, Mr. Watts said his wife had come home early Monday morning from a business trip in Arizona around 2 a.m. He said he had left for work about three hours later.

A friend who wanted to check on Ms. Watts found the house empty on Monday and began to alert her family, the authorities said.

“When I came home, walked in the house, nothing — vanished,” Mr. Watts said in the interview. “Nothing was here: She wasn’t here, the kids weren’t here, nobody was here.”

Susan Beachy contributed research.

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