Bodies of pregnant Colorado woman, 2 daughters likely found

The body was found of a pregnant Colorado woman whose husband was arrested in the disappearance of her and her two young daughters, and investigators were trying to recover what they believe are the remains of the girls, authorities said Thursday.

Chris Watts, 33, was taken into custody Wednesday in the town of Frederick, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of Denver. His 34-year-old wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, were reported missing Monday by a family friend. 

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says a body found Thursday is believed to be that of Shanann Watts, 34. She was discovered on a property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, where her husband, Christopher Watts, worked.

The bodies of their daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste "Cece," have not been recovered but officials believe they know where they are.

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Authorities say Watts confessed to killing his wife, who was 15-weeks pregnant, and their two daughters just hours after giving a tearful plea for them to return home. 

Shanann Watts, was originally from Moore County, North Carolina. She moved to Colorado from North Carolina with her husband in 2012, according to property records and her social media accounts. She had been in a hurry to sell a house in Belmont, west of Charlotte, and left behind the furniture as part of the sale, said the man who bought it, Byron Falls.

KDVR reports that Watts initially told police he came home and his wife and their two children were gone. However, her keys, purse, and phone were still at home. He also said that he and Shanann had an "emotional conversation" before her disappearance. 

Shanann Watts' Facebook account paints a portrait of a happy family, with a constant feed of photos and videos of her family, friends and herself. Her comments are typically upbeat and say how happy she is, whether she's running errands, playing with her kids or promoting a health program.

She posted selfies of her and her husband smiling in restaurants, in front of the ocean on vacation and at their house. On one from May 5, she wrote: "I love this man! He's my ROCK!"

She posted a photo on June 19 of some texts with her husband after sending him a sonogram. He replied that he loved the baby already. She posted: "I love Chris! He's the best dad us girls could ask for."

Her page has photo collages and video slide shows praising Chris Watts for taking care of her and their girls, how their love was growing stronger and how he was why she was brave enough to agree to a third child.

The couple filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015. They estimated they had the same range of assets as liabilities, according to court records.

Watts was booked into Weld County Jail early Thursday morning on three charges of first-degree murder and three charges of tampering with physical evidence in the deaths. 

The FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are investigating this case. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.