Chris Watts may have left incriminating evidence behind while hiding bodies of pregnant wife and kids: Report
Chris Watts had reportedly been put on suicide watch in custody at the Weld County Jail as he awaits trial and spends 23 hours alone in his cell.
Chris Watts, the 33-year-old Colorado oil worker accused of killing his pregnant wife Shanann Watts and their two young daughters, may have left behind some incriminating evidence while allegedly hiding their bodies. According to reports, police officials found something at the scene which could further link the death of the three people to Chris.
Chris had reportedly been put on suicide watch in custody at the Weld County Jail as he awaits trial. The father of two, who had initially reported his wife and children missing and had made a public plea for their return, was arrested as he allegedly admitted to killing them. During the investigation, it was unearthed that Chris was having an affair with a fellow co-worker at the oil company.
He reportedly dumped the bodies of his children in two oil tankers in the field where he worked while Shanann's body was recovered from a shallow grave near the tankers. The bodies were found four days later.
According to a prosecution motion obtained by PEOPLE, the authorities reportedly found a non-porous bag with a possible footprint. The authorities requested to take a print of Chris' bare feet so they can determine whether his footprint matches the one found on the bag, according to reports.
A source close to the investigation confirmed to the news outlet that a bag with a possible footprint was uncovered at the oil site where the bodies of the three people were found.
“There was a lot of evidence collected at the scene, and each piece is being carefully inspected to see if it pertains to the case or not," the source told PEOPLE.
Prosecutors in the case have reportedly sought to obtain Chris' DNA and fingerprints citing "numerous items of evidence " which are currently being tested as the officials build a case against the former Anadarko Petroleum employee.
The DNA request, however, has been disputed by the defense, which describes the evidence as too vague and lacking probable cause. No ruling on the permission to conduct a DNA test has been passed by the judge yet.
Chris, who was arrested over a month ago on August 15, has been charged with first-degree murder, among other crimes, in the deaths of his wife 34-year-old Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and daughters, 4-year-old Bella, and 3-year-old Celeste.
Chris now spends 23 hours alone in his cell at Colorado's Weld County Jail and is constantly watched on CCTV to ensure that he doesn't harm himself, according to the Daily Mail. Reports state that prison guards check on him every 10 minutes and that he must maintain eye-contact with them whenever they come.
A prison source told HLN's Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield that the accused reportedly has no privileges and cannot access reading material, television or exercise equipment. Chris is also not allowed to meet any other prisoners, and in his hour out of his cell, he is taken to a room where he can shower and make phone calls.