Chilling new video reveals what authorities believe to be Shanann Watts’ final moments before she was murdered by her husband, who has also been jailed for killing their two young daughters.
Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant with a baby boy to be named Nico, returned home from a business trip Aug. 13 and vanished shortly after. Clips from a doorbell cam obtained by HLN show the mother-of-two get dropped off outside her home in Frederick, Co. just before 2 a.m. the same morning.
Watts can be seen dragging her suitcase up the driveway and through the front door. Her friend meanwhile, dutifully waits until Watts is inside her home before driving away.
The short surveillance clips are believed to be the last time Watts was seen alive. Authorities told CNN she was likely killed within hours — possibly within minutes — of arriving at her home.
In previously released video recorded by a neighbor’s security camera, her husband, Chris Watts, can be seen loading items into his truck the morning of the murders. Authorities believe he used the vehicle to dump his victims’ bodies at an oil field, where he used to work.
Within days, authorities found Watts buried in a shallow grave, about 100 feet away from the bodies of her two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. They were left in two separate oil tanks on the property, about an hour away from the couple’s home.
Christopher Watts in November pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his wife and their children. He was handed five life sentences behind bars without any possibility of parole.
In footage previously released by the Weld County District Attorney’s office, authorities can be seen searching the Watts home in wake of her disappearance. At one point an officer can be heard expressing sympathy for Christopher Watts, who is almost always on his phone or standing nearby with his arms crossed.
“I couldn’t sleep at all last night,” he says, turning to face an officer. “I missed them throwing chicken nuggets at me, honestly, last night.”
Additional video shows Christopher Watts telling an FBI agent inside his home that Watts told him she had plans with the girls ahead of her disappearance: “That’s when I rolled out of bed, and she pretty much said, ‘I’ll be taking the kids to a friend’s house, and I’ll be back later.’”
When he was arrested a few days later on Aug. 15, he was subjected to a polygraph test and again expressed worry about his missing family.
“It makes me think that there is somebody that’s not keeping them safe or something terrible happened,” he can be heard saying before the questioning begins. “That’s the nightmare.”
Christopher Watts’ remarks in the video are reminiscent of interviews he did with local media, begging for his wife and children to return before he was arrested.