Colorado husband admits to killing pregnant wife, 2 daughters

Shanann Watts daugthers

Police say 34-year-old Shanann Watts, 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella haven't been seen or heard from since Monday.

Chris Watts has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Chris Watts told "Today" Wednesday morning he was living a "nightmare".

On Tuesday, the trio's disappearance was updated to an "Endangered Missing Alert", because there may also be some medical concerns with the missing children, according to CBI.

Watts said he left for work about 5:15 a.m. that day and said he wasn't concerned when Shanann didn't respond to his texts and phone calls because she was probably busy with her job, having just returned from being out of town.

Her parents' next-door neighbor, Joe Beach, said he had seen Shanann Watts when she visited the neighborhood of modest homes in Aberdeen for three weeks.

He was being held in Weld County Jail, police said in a tweet.

As of Thursday afternoon Watts was in custody awaiting a bail hearing, and prosecutors have until Monday to formally charge him, Rourke added.

A man believed to be Shanann's brother, Frankie Rzucek, shared his rage and sadness at her killing on Facebook.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are working to find a missing Colorado woman and her two children Wednesday. "I don't know, but if someone has her and they're not safe I'll want them back now". "Bella, she's the more calm, cautious, mothering type, and she's more like me - she's more calm".

Shanann Watts moved to Colorado from North Carolina with her husband in 2012, according to property records and her social media accounts.

A close friend told investigators she dropped Watts off at home about 2 a.m. Monday on the way back from a work trip. I just want people to know I want my family back. "She's got go or she's sleeping", he said. She said she saw her go inside. Police also believe they know the location of the bodies of her two daughters, 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella, which have yet to be found.

The FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation both joined the search for Watts and her daughters on Wednesday. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Earlier this week, Watts spoke with The Denver Channel and pleaded for his family's safe return.

The post was accompanied by a selfie showing Shanann smiling into the camera and pointing to a square pink-and-white sticker on her chest.

The disappearance triggered an alert from authorities, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation joining the case on August 15. Authorities didn't say anything about the whereabouts or conditions of the three.

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