Colorado girls’ bodies were submerged in crude oil 4 days

Coroner Positively Identifies Bodies Found Belong To Watts Family

Frederick woman Shanann Watts, center, and her daughters, 3-year-old Bella, left, and 4-year-old Celeste, are seen in this picture taken from Facebook. The bodies of Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were recovered later that day.

Watts said he left for work about 5:15 a.m. that day and wasn't concerned when Shanann didn't respond to his texts and phone calls because she was probably busy with her job, having just returned from being out of town.

After his family was missing, Mr Watts told reporters he had desperately tried to contact his wife.

While children yelled and played outside, the mood inside the building was more solemn and tense. We will continue to support law enforcement in its investigation.

Shanann Watts was 15 weeks pregnant.

"We are heartbroken by this, and our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones and friends of the Watts family".

"It's their stairway to heaven", Bogner said.

'I came home and it was like I walked into a ghost town.

Watts' attorney, James Merson of the Colorado state public defender's office, also left court without commenting.

Documents filed Friday in Chris Watts' arrest reveal some of the victims may have been strangled, along with other grim details.

The court document cited Richard Eikelenboom, a forensic expert, who said any evidence of strangulation should be present on the necks of the girls, "in spite of the fact that the remains were in oil for four days".

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"Defense counsel had an opportunity to speak with a DNA expert this morning".

He also recommended taking DNA samples from the girls' hands and the hands and nails of their mother.

Defense attorneys did not indicate in the court filings what motivated them to make those requests.

"In my opinion, the presence of oil will not destroy the DNA", Eikelenboom reportedly said.

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. It wasn't a night to focus on the man who is accused of killing his wife and two young daughters.

The cause of death for each family member remains pending while medical investigators wait on test results, a news release from the Frederick Police Department said.

Police declined to say where the children's bodies were discovered but said they were found "in close proximity to the other body". Krista Henery, a spokeswoman for the Weld County District Attorney's Office, said the formal filing of charges is not expected until at least Monday.

The couple had previously experienced financial difficulty, but didn't show any signs of current financial stress on social media.

Shanann went missing on Monday after returning home from a business trip. Watts was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of three counts of murder.

On a Friday Facebook post, Shanann Watts brother Frankie Rzucek wrote that he always looked up to his sister and that she and his nieces "meant the absolute world to me". "May Satan have mercy on his soul".

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