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Frederick Home of Convicted Murderer Christopher Watts to Be Auctioned

January 14, 2019 GMT

The Frederick home of Christopher Watts, who pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters , will be sold at auction this spring.

The Weld County Public Trustee posted a notice on Dec. 17, 2018, that the house at 2825 Saratoga Trail will be sold off to the highest bidder on April 17 for failure to pay principal and interest.

According to the filing, Watts owes $349,938.09 on the five-bedroom, four-bath home. Documents show the Watts bought the house in 2013 for $392,709.

According to the Weld County Assessor’s Office, the property was valued at $484,339 in a 2018 real property notice.

Watts was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree murder, three counts of tampering with a corpse and unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the deaths of his 34-year-old pregnant wife Shanann Watts and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

Shanann Watts and her daughters were first reported missing on Aug. 13, 2018, and Christopher Watts was arrested shortly before midnight Aug. 15. The bodies of his wife and daughters were found on property near Roggen owned by Anadarko Petroleum Co., where he worked as an operator before his arrest.

The autopsy reports for Shanann Watts and her two young daughters show that all three died of asphyxiation.

Christopher Watts has been transferred to a prison in Arkansas to serve his sentence.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars