After finding the body of a missing Colorado mom Thursday, investigators said that have also found the bodies of her two slain young daughters — as it was reported that the kids’ dad, who has been arrested, had financial problems.
Searchers said they discovered the remains of Bella Watts, 4, and Celeste Watts, 3, hours after they found the body of their mom, pregnant 34-year-old Shanann Watts.
Husband and dad Christopher Watts, 33, has been arrested and held without bail.
Authorities did not immediately say how the three victims, from the Denver suburb of Frederick, died.
Three years before Shanann Watts and her two kids vanished and were found dead, she and Christopher Watts field for bankruptcy, claiming $70,000 in debt, documents obtained by KDVR-TV showed.
The Chapter 7 filing from June 2015 showed their savings accounts had less than $10 in them, while their joint checking account had a mere $864.
The debt was made up mostly of student loans and retails purchases, the documents showed. Police have not given any motive for the killing, and Christopher Watts has not been hit with formal charges.
“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, told reporters on Thursday.
Christopher Watts had told a local TV station earlier this how much he missed his daughters.
“Last night, I had every light in the house on. I was hoping that I would just get ran over by the kids running in the door, just barrel-rushing me, but it didn’t happen,” he told KMGH-TV.
By DAVID K. LI