Newly released texts show Chris Watts lied and urged Shanann's friend not to call the police in the wake of family's disappearance
The heated exchange between the two show Cassandra urging Chris to look for his pregnant wife and two children 'unless you want the police to bust your damn door down'
In the wake of Shanann Watts' disappearance, there was a long list of concerned friends searching for answers. One of them, Cassandra Rosenberg, revealed texts from Chris Watts in which he urged her not to call authorities and fed her lies about the whereabouts of his wife and children.
In one of the messages, Rosenberg pleads with him and warns him to search for his pregnant wife and two young children "unless you want the police to bust your damn door down," with Watts begging her not to get the police involved, according to documents released by the Weld County District Attorney's Office on Friday, Oxygen reports.
Chris had already killed Shanann, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste on Monday, August 13. He then dumped his children's bodies on an oil site owned by the company he worked for. Shanann and her unborn child were found in a shallow grave near the oil tanks where Watts dumped his children.
According to the texts, Rosenberg told Chris she was "worried about her", referring to Shanann. "She went to a friend’s house with the kids. She won’t tell me where though. When I get home I will update you," Chris had texted in response.
But things didn't add up, Rosenberg realized, and asserted that she would have known if Shanann had gone to her friend's house. "Her car and shoes and everything is at the house," she texted him back.
Meanwhile, Chris seemed more concerned about her perception of him rather than the whereabouts of his family. "I really don’t want you to think I’m a bad person Cassie," he replied.
However, Rosenberg told him she didn't really care about him at the time and was just worried about her friend and the children. "So unless you want the police to bust your damn door down you get home and check on your family," she told him.
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Chris became increasingly nervous about Rosenberg's concerns and pleaded for her to refrain from contacting authorities. "I’m going home Cassie," he replied. "On my way. Don’t call the police. I will be there in 45 min."
Rosenberg learned that Nickole Atkinson, another friend of Shanann who was the last friend to see her alive, was already planning on reporting to the cops herself, so she decided to call him directly.
In a conversation with ABC's '20/20' during a recent appearance, Rosenberg said: "I was frantic, 'You need to get to the house… Nicki's calling the police so they could break down the door.' He said, 'No. Don't call the police. I don't want to get them involved'… I said, 'You're an idiot and you need to get to the house because something's wrong'."
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It was Atkinson's call that spurred the search efforts that ultimately led to the discovery of the remains of the Watts family and Chris' subsequent arrest.
Although the news was horrific, Atkinson said it hardly surprised her. Speaking to 'Good Morning America' back in August, she had said: "It was one of my worst nightmares. I didn’t know what to say or do. I sat on our bed for, I don’t know how long, and didn’t move because I didn’t want to think that they weren’t coming back."