Missing pregnant woman found dead in Colorado, husband in custody

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After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them.

Watts, 34, and her two daughters had been the subject of an intense search since they were reported missing on Monday.

Her husband, Chris Watts, was arrested late Wednesday night and is being held on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

Watts agreed to show investigators where the bodies of his wife and daughters are buried, local affiliates for ABC, CBS and NBC reported Thursday.

Nickole Utoft, a close friend of Shanann Watts, told FOX 31 she had last seen Watts at her home about 2 a.m. Monday when they got home from a work trip.

His wife and kids have been missing since Monday.

Police say they plan to release more information at a morning news conference.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation confirmed those details to 9Wants to Know. On Facebook, Shanann posted at length about her bond with her husband.

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"Last night, I had every light in the house on".

Christopher Watts told Denver TV station 9News earlier in the week that he was hoping for the safe return of his family.

Hallowell saw police K-9s and officers patrolling the neighborhood on Tuesday, she said. She also got to know him, describing him as a loving father and saying she can't understand it.

The Frederick Police Department arrested Chris Watts, 33, Wednesday evening in connection with the missing persons case involving his wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and their daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. I need to see everybody. She wasn't here, the kids weren't here, it was like they were here and then they were gone'.

"At this point we have been able to recover a body that we're quite certain is Shanann Watts' body", Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director John Camper said, according to CNN. But I just want them back.

The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are searching for a pregnant woman and her two daughters, ages three and four, who were declared "endangered and missing" on Tuesday. I want them safe.

The friend, Lauren Arnold, told 9NEWS she learned Wednesday the missing mother - who was 15 weeks pregnant - and the girls were believed to be dead. "I called her and texted her several times", she says, adding that when Shannan missed a doctor's appointment, "I was even more concerned".

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