Family $70,000 In Debt Before Man's Arrest In Wife And Girls' Deaths

Shanann Watts planning gender reveal party before her alleged murder

Colorado girls’ bodies were submerged in crude oil 4 days

"I love you so much".

Chris and his daughters - 4-year-old Belle and 3-year-old Celeste - were just at Jeremy's house for his son's birthday party.

The mother, who was pregnant, and daughters vanished Monday from their suburban Denver home.

Shanann Watts' body was found on the property of a petroleum and natural gas exploration company, authorities said. He is expected to be formally charged Monday.

He is next due in court on Tuesday.

According to a June 2015 bankruptcy filing, Christopher Watts had gotten a job six months earlier as an operator for Anadarko, and paystubs indicate his annual salary was about $61,500.

Ms Watts had worked in a call centre at a children's hospital at the time. But they also had tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt, along with student loans and medical bills-for a total of $70,000 in unsecured claims on top of a sizable mortgage.

Frankie Rzucek, who identified himself on his Facebook page as the brother of Shanann Watts, posted a message about 10:10 p.m. that read: "That piece of s-- may he rot in hell".

This is exactly how Shanann portrayed of her husband and two daughters on Facebook.

Authorities said they found the bodies of Watts' pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, at a Colorado oil facility Thursday after they were reported missing Monday.

Watts' defense attorney requested Friday that the girls' necks be swabbed for DNA evidence "in spite of the fact that the remains were in oil for four days", according to court documents posted by Denver7.

The DNA expert also recommended that "the hands and nails of the mother should be sampled as well", according to the report.

Defense attorney James Merson wrote in one of two motions obtained by 9Wants to Know that he'd spoken with a DNA expert, Richard Eikelenboom.

One of the defense motions expressed the fear that no one planned to swab the necks of the childrens' bodies for DNA.

The first motion was filed 20 minutes before autopsies were scheduled to begin, CNN reported. Police would not disclose where the girls' bodies were found, but said it was near their mother's.

Watts' husband and the father of the girls, 33-year-old Christopher Lee Watts, is in custody at the Weld County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree murder of a victim under the age of 12 while in a position of trust and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

Formal charges are expected to be filed Monday by Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke. There was no immediate word on a possible motive.

"We had an emotional conversation, I'll leave it at that", Watts told a reporter who asked whether they'd argued. 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".

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.

But he grew anxious, he said, when one of her friends contacted him around noon and said she wasn't responding to messages.

A man who did not give his name announced to those gathered in front of the house that Shanann Watts' parents could not make it to the vigil, but they wanted to extend their gratitude to those who came out to show support.

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