Things on Facebook are not always as they seem. A slain Frederick, Colorado mom would often refer to her husband as “my ROCK!” and “the best dad us girls could ask for,” the Associated Press reported. Now, he’s suspected of killing her and their young daughters.
Shanann Watts, 34, and daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, went missing on Monday. Now, Chris Watts, 33, faces three counts of murder and one charge of obstruction of justice for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case.
Shanann’s body was found on Thursday on a property owned by Anadarko Petroleum. It’s one of Colorado’s largest oil and gas drillers. It’s also where Christopher worked, the Associated Press reported. The bodies of the Watts children were found nearby, hours after their mom’s remains were located. No information has been released about how the family was killed.
“As horrible as this outcome is, our role now is to do everything we can to determine exactly what occurred,” John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said at a news conference after the bodies were found.
Christopher appeared to be a worried husband and father in various media interviews after his family went missing on Monday. In an interview with Today, Watts claimed he had last seen his wife early Monday morning, when she was arriving home from a business trip. He claimed he saw his girls asleep on a baby monitor. In one media interview, he was wringing his hands at his fear over the welfare of his wife.
Shanann’s Facebook paints the portrait of a happy family. She and her husband often posed for photos together, smiling while attending events. One photo album shows the couple vacationing in San Diego with friends in June. In one photo, the couple are in a restaurant. In another, Christopher is rubbing Shanann’s back, by the pool. In another photo album, also taken in June in San Diego, the couple embraces while on a boat.
Despite the portrayal of a perfect marriage on social media, the couple had been through its share of issues.
They filed for bankruptcy in 2015, claiming $70,000 in debt, according to documents obtained by KDVR-TV in Denver. Their debt was mostly the result of unpaid student loans and retail purchases, the station reported.
A friend was the one who requested a welfare check on the family on Monday after not hearing back from Shanann.
Christopher is being held without bail and he is expected to be formally charged by Monday. A possible motive hasn’t been released.
[Photos: Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Facebook]