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Husband arrested in case of missing pregnant wife, 2 young daughters

The husband of a missing, pregnant Colorado woman was arrested Wednesday evening in connection with her disappearance and that of their two young daughters, police in Frederick, Colorado say. Chris Watts has been charged with three counts each of first degree murder and tampering with evidence, reports CBS Denver.

Chris Watts mugshot / CBS Denver

The station says Chris Watts confessed to killing Shanann Watts, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and daughters Bella, 4 and Celeste, 3. The station says investigators were seen removing items from the family’s home. A truck was also taken.

CBS News hasn’t independently confirmed that Chris Watts admitted to police that he killed Shanann, Bella and Celeste. Authorities didn’t say anything about the whereabouts or conditions of the three.

CBS Denver says Shanann Watts’ family was also told he agreed to bring officers to the bodies.

Frederick Police told a news conference earlier Wednesday that officers went to check up on Shanann and the girls in their home around 1 p.m. Monday after a concerned friend said she hadn’t heard from Shanann.

One of her friends posted on Facebook that Shanann left her phone, purse, car seats and children’s medicine at home Monday morning, CBS Denver reported.

By Tuesday afternoon, the CBI issued an endangered missing alert for all three.

Chris Watts told “Today” Wednesday morning he was living a “nightmare.” He said the last time he saw his family was early Monday morning before leaving for work.

“I just want them back,” he said. “I just want them to come back.”

The FBI was assisting the CBI and local authorities with the investigation.

Author: CBS News
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