Girls Allegedly Killed by Dad May Have Been Strangled

Coroner confirms identities of bodies found in Watts family homicides

Formal charges are expected to be filed Monday by Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke. So were the bodies of their daughters Bella, 3, and Celeste, 4, Colorado Bureau of Investigation director John Camper told reporters Thursday.

"In Weld County, the return of filing charges date is an administrative court date that is held at the clerk's office", White said.

Christopher Watts (33) said his wife returned home to Denver in the state of Colorado from a work trip in Arizona at 2am on Monday.

Wednesday night, Chris was arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder, and three counts of tampering with deceased bodies. Chris has been accused of strangling both of his daughters after he confessed to the crime on August 15 and their bodies along with Shanann's body were found stuffed in oil containers at his place of work.

The family video was shot two months before she was killed alongside her three-year-old sister and their mother before being dumped in an oil tank.

Ashley Bell, who owns a tanning salon and was a close friend of Shanann Watts, told KDVR that the "gender reveal" party had been scheduled for August 18.

After his wife and daughters were reported missing on Monday and before his arrest, Christopher Watts told reporters he missed them and longed for the simple things like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up to watch cartoons. "They were always so-I'm completely lost for words", Bell said.

On Wednesday, police took Chris Watts into custody.

Attorneys for Chris Watts indicated in a court filing that the bodies of the children were in an "oil well filled with crude oil for several days".

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The body of Shanann Watts was found in a shallow grave Thursday, according to court documents revealed Saturday.

The motion asks a judge to order that DNA samples be taken from the children's throats.

Watts said: "When I got home yesterday, it was like a ghost town".

"I just want everybody to come home". "She wasn't here. The kids weren't here".

"I walked in the house and - nothing", Chris Watts told KMGH. He didn't have experience with DNA extraction and analysis back in the 1990s, before advancements in DNA technology, he said, "but that doesn't mean I didn't do it in 2005 or in 2016, or that I'm not fully accredited". "It was very vague", he said. A body believed to be Shanann Watts' was found first.

Defense attorney James Merson wrote in one motion that he had spoken with a DNA expert, Richard Eikelenboom.

"I'm just hoping right now that she's somewhere safe." he said.

Shanann Watts was from North Carolina, and her parents' next-door neighbor, Joe Beach, said he saw her recently when she visited the neighborhood of modest homes in Aberdeen.

"We had an emotional conversation, I'll leave it at that", Watts told a reporter who asked whether they'd argued.

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