Autopsies were completed Friday on Shanann Watts, 34, and her daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.
A photograph sits amid the tributes as they grow outside the home where Shanann Watts and her daughters, Bella and Celeste, lived in Frederick, Colo.
The mother, who was pregnant, and daughters vanished Monday from their suburban Denver home. The bodies were found "in close proximity" to where Shanann Watts was found dead earlier Thursday. He is expected to be formally charged Monday.
A man who made an emotional TV appeal for the return of his pregnant wife and kids has confessed to murdering them.
A June 2015 bankruptcy filing captures a picture of a family dealing with financial strain. The remains of all three victims were found at Anadarko Petroleum oil field where Watts worked until his arrest, the newspaper reported. But they also had tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt, along with student loans and medical bills-for a total of $70,000 in unsecured claims on top of a sizable mortgage. Mourners started lining up flowers and stuffed animals outside the family's suburban home shortly after the bodies were located, sadly just two days before Shanann was planning a gender reveal party for her unborn baby.
Frankie Rzucek, who is identified on Shanann Watts' Facebook page as her brother, posted overnight on his page saying he just wanted "to know why".
Mrs Watts posted: "Happy Husband Appreciation Day!"
The expert also recommended taking samples from the girls' hands as well as the nails and hands of the girls' mother, whose body was found near the oil tank.
Defense attorneys did not indicate in the court filings what motivated them to make those requests.
One of the defense motions expressed the fear that no one planned to swab the necks of the childrens' bodies for DNA.
It wasn't immediately clear if the judge ruled on the motions.
The first motion was filed 20 minutes before autopsies were scheduled to begin, CNN reported.
But family members remain baffled by the murders, and police remain tight-lipped about how the woman and girls were killed, and what the suspected motive was.
A company spokeswoman confirmed that Chris Watts used to work there but declined to say when his employment ended or what role he served.
Watts' husband and the father of the girls, 33-year-old Christopher Lee Watts, is in custody at the Weld County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree murder of a victim under the age of 12 while in a position of trust and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. Watts also said "I believe that she is somewhere and I hope that she is safe". "Please bring them back". "I just want them to come back", he told KMGH.
Watts said he left for work about 5:15 a.m. that day and wasn't concerned when Shanann didn't respond to his texts and phone calls because she was probably busy with her job, having just returned from being out of town.
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