Little girls 'strangled' and dumped in oil tank for four days

Little girls 'strangled' and dumped in oil tank for four days

"I love you so much and so grateful you hung around when I tried pushing you away in the beginning!"

Autopsies were completed Friday on Shanann Watts, 34, and her daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.

A photograph sits amid the tributes as they grow outside the home where Shanann Watts and her daughters, Bella and Celeste, lived in Frederick, Colo.

The woman's body was found on the property of a petroleum and natural gas exploration company, Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director John Camper told reporters Thursday. Authorities are expected to file formal charges on Monday.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities have not suggested a motive in the killing. That was after they bought their house, an asset valued at $400,000, records show.

He announced they found Shanann Watts' body on property belonging to Anadarko Petroleum.

They also had some student loans and medical bills for a total of $70,000 (£54,876) in unsecured claims on top of a sizeable mortgage. She wasn't here, the kids weren't here, it was like they were here and then they were gone'.

According to a Facebook post from her brother, Frankie Rzucek, she was pregnant with a boy.

Le-Vel, a "health and wellness" company Shanann Watts worked for, according to her public Facebook page, has posted a message regarding Watts and her two daughters.

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Chris Watts spoke with 9NEWS less than 24 hours before his arrest in connection to the killing of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and his 2 young daughters. A TV station, Denver 7, said Watts has confessed to the freakish killings.

Richard Eikelenboom, the expert cited by Watts' attorney, also recommended taking DNA samples from the girls' hands and the hands and nails of their mother.

Police said they conducted a welfare check after Watts' friend called and requested one.

"This DNA can be retrieved with a double swab technique".

The Frederick Police Department said the coroner's office identified the bodies but hadn't determined the cause of death for each family member.

In court documents filed by the state, the bodies of two of the victims in Frederick were in an oil well filled with crude oil for four days.

Chris Watts graduated from Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville in 2003.

Details about what led police to arrest Watts late Wednesday night on suspicion of three counts apiece of murder and tampering with evidence likely were to be revealed next week. Prosecutors have until Monday to formally charge Watts.

Watts said: "When I got home yesterday, it was like a ghost town". 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". "I just want them to come back", he told KMGH.