"It is with deep hurt, confusion and anger to confirm our handsome cousin Shanann Watts, her unborn child, and her two angelic daughters, Bella (4), Celeste (3) were viciously murdered by husband Chris Watts; who confessed to the killings", they said in a statement to KCNC.
A law enforcement source has told 9Wants to Know that Shanann Watts and her daughters are dead and that her husband, Chris Watts, has admitted to killing all three of them.
Shanann Watts and her two daughter vanished on Monday.
Chris Watts, 33, is being held on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body, according to court documents.
On Thursday, Watts was in jail after being arrested on suspicion of killing all three family members, probably before he spoke those words.
Shanann Watts' brother, Frankie Rzucek, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, "That piece of sh*t may he rot in hell".
He said the two had an "emotional conversation" before he left for work a few hours later and that he became concerned after she did not return his calls or texts or those of her friends.
Chris said he raced home but found the house empty, even though his wife's vehicle was still parked in the driveway, which prompted him file a missing persons report with the police at 1.40pm. "It was just a traumatic night".
Christopher Watts said Tuesday that he didn't know where his wife and daughters were. She also got to know him, describing him as a loving father and saying she can't understand it. "Please bring them back". She said she was going to a friend's house with the kids and that's the last thing I heard, and that was it. I need to see everybody. Because if they are safe, they're coming back.
Shanann Watts and her two daughters had been the subject of an intense search since they were reported missing on Monday.
The body was found of a pregnant Colorado woman whose husband was arrested in the disappearance of her and her two young daughters, and investigators were trying to recover what they believe are the remains of the girls, authorities said Thursday.
Investigators have located a body they believe is Shanann Watts, said Colorado Bureau of Investigation director John Camper. I just feel so alone in this house right now. She was declared "endangered and missing" on Tuesday.
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