Shanann Watts' decomposing body was found in a fetal position, while the children's bodies were discovered in 'crude oil sludge', reveals new report
The reports describing the crime scene, reveal the state in which the decomposing bodies of his pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters, Bella and Celeste were found.
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Disturbing new details regarding Chris Watts’ murdered family has been revealed. The reports describing the crime scene reveal the state in which the decomposing bodies of his pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters, Bella and Celeste were found. 34-year-old Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant with a son, was buried in a shallow grave - "nine inches below the surface grade"- and her body was found in a “fetal position,” reports Mirror.
According to the reports, her knees were "pulled up to her chest" and her feet were positioned "up,” as her body was “facing down into the ground" and her back was positioned upwards. Her left arm, meanwhile, was extended near her head.
The bodies of the daughters, 4-year-old Bella, and 3-year-old Celeste were discovered at the bottom of oil tanks after workers began the process of "unloading and emptying" the contents of the tanks during the investigation of the murders.
"Upon the completion of emptying the east tank, a juvenile female victim believed to be Celeste Watts, was found buried in crude oil sludge at the bottom of the east tank," reads the crime scene report. "After the recovery of the victim from the east tank, the west tank was drained under the same procedural guidelines. Again, found in the bottom of the tank, in the crude oil sludge was the second juvenile female victim believed to be Bella Watts."
Both daughters were barefoot, while Shanann was dressed in a "T-shirt, bra and panties." The autopsies of the mother and daughters were conducted at a Colorado medical center on August 17 and based on the analyses, all three bodies were in “advanced state of decomposition". The reports were released by the Weld County District Attorney's Office, as part of 2,000 pages of documents. The last photos of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste, taken mere hours before Watts murdered them have also been released.
These reports also reveal Watts’ Google habits in the months leading up to the murder, and it points to the motive behind his actions. Some of the Google searches of Watts, who confessed to the murders earlier this month, include “When to say I love you for the first time in a new relationship," on July 25, less than weeks before the murders of August 13.
On the same day, he also Googled, “What do you feel when someone tells you they love you” and “How does it feel when someone says I love you.” Prosecutors believe that these searches prove his intentions to start a new life with his mistress, 30-year-old coworker Nichol Kessinger.
On November 19, Watts was locked up for life without the possibility of parole for the murder of his family.