Texts reveal days before Colorado woman, children went missing

COLORADO — Text messages between Chris Watts and his pregnant wife in the weeks leading up to her murder were released.

Those messages reveal that Shanann Watts noticed a change in her husband, saying he no longer wanted another child.

She wrote on Aug. 5, “I don’t know how you fell out of love with me in 5.5 weeks, or if this has been going on for a long time, but you don’t plan another baby if you’re not in love.”

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Chris Watts denied he didn’t love her, saying he didn't want to erase eight years together and saying, “l’m not sure what’s in my head.”

A friend reported Shanann Watts and her two daughters missing eight days later.

Investigators in Colorado later found Shanann Watts’ body in a shallow grave and their two daughters in commercial oil tanks at the refinery where Chris Watts worked.

Authorities said he strangled his wife to death and suffocated his children.

Chris Watts pleaded guilty to their murders and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Chris and Shanann Watts met in North Carolina and were married in Mecklenburg County before moving to Colorado.

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