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Colorado Man Confesses To Killing Wife & Daughters After Making Plea For Their Return

Jul. 13 2019, Updated 12:01 a.m. ET

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The Colorado man who made a teary, televised plea after his pregnant wife and two daughters went mysteriously missing this Monday, has just confessed to their murders.

This Wednesday, Chris Watts, 33, was taken into custody after admitting he killed his young children and their mother, who was four months pregnant.

In the days following their disappearance, Watts spoke openly to reporters about his missing family members. In a teary video interview with NBC, he even said that he had no idea what had happened with his wife and daughters, and hoped they would return home safely.

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“I don't feel like this is even real right now. It's like a nightmare I can't wake up from,” he said. “When I got home yesterday it was like a ghost town. She wasn't here. The kids weren't here. I have no idea, like, where they went.”

“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. It was very vague,” Watts added at the time. “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. It was very vague.”

Then, in a shocking turn of events, the killer confessed to his horrific crime.

According to various outlets, Watts told his family members about the killings this Wednesday, and was arrested later that day.

While authorities have not revealed what caused the Colorado resident to murder his children and wife, he was charged with murder this Thursday, just as investigators retrieved the body of his deceased wife, Shannan.

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"At this point we have been able to recover a body that we're quite certain is Shannan Watts' body," Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director John Camper said in a news conference. "We have strong reason to believe that we know where the bodies of the children are and recovery efforts are in process on that."

Her body was reportedly discovered near Watt's place of work.

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