The bodies of two young girls were submerged in crude oil for four days before authorities in Colorado discovered them, according to court documents filed by an attorney defending the girls' father against accusations he killed his wife and children.
- A Colorado has judge denied a request by a defense attorney for a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters to require a coroner to collect DNA from the necks of the young girls.
Denver 7 said the corpse of his wife, 34-year-old Shanann, who was 15-weeks pregnant with a baby boy, was found at the field several hours before. He's expected to be formally charged by Monday. The request quoted Richard Eikelenboom, an expert who believes the oil would not eliminate DNA and said samples can be obtained "after strangulation". The first motion was filed 20 minutes before the autopsies were scheduled to begin, documents show.
Defense attorneys previously sought the DNA evidence in an effort to bolster their position that someone other than their client committed the murders.
By all accounts, they appeared to have moved past that, with Shanann Watts posting numerous times this year about her new job at a lifestyle company.
Chris and Shanann Watts detailed their life on social media.
Chris Watts worked at Anadarko for an unspecified amount of time but was terminated on August 15, 2018, a spokesperson for the company said. "If I don't know anything, obviously I can't have anything to do with it", O'Toole said, describing the implication of Watts' comments.
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Watts said he left for work about 5:15 a.m. that day and wasn't concerned when his wife didn't respond to his texts and phone calls, since she'd just returned from out of town. I just want them back. Frederick police did not disclose the location of that well.
Bell said she never detected that anything was amiss with the Watts family.
"I was exhausted by just watching my sister".
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. She wasn't here, the kids weren't here, it was like they were here and then they were gone'. In the video, Bella can be seen sitting in a auto seat while smiling and singing about her daddy being her hero as the person filming says, "aw" in the end.
"If somebody has her and she's not safe I want them back now... if they're safe right now they're going to come back".
Family and friends of Shanann Watts are left searching for answers, trying to reconcile Watts' cheery Facebook posts about her daughters, her pregnancy and her love for her husband with the pending charges. "He is no longer an employee and given that the investigation is ongoing, please direct all questions to law enforcement".
"You spoil us with love an (d) attention!"