This is the photo that told the police where the bodies of Shanann Watts, her unborn son Nico and daughters Bella and Celeste were buried after being murdered by murderer Chris Watts.
It was Watts who locked up the photo for researchers, a & # 39; B & # 39; and & # 39; C & # 39; wrote about the oil tanks where he got his daughter's bodies and a & # 39; S & # 39; about the shallow grave where he buried Shanann and their unborn son.
This image and the drone footage were obtained by DailyMail.com after filing a request under the Colorado Open Records Act.
Bella was 4 and her sister Celeste had just turned 3 when they were killed by their father.
Watts had told the authorities only one day earlier that it was his wife Shanann who killed the girls and claimed that he, in turn, had furiously killed her.
Two months later, Watts changed his story and made a guilty plea for all three murders.
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Last day of rest: the photo that Chris Watts used to warn authorities where he buried the bodies of his wife Shanann and two young daughters Bella and Celeste (above)
Noted: he wrote a & # 39; B & # 39; and & # 39; C & # 39; about the oil tanks when he got his daughter's bodies (left) and a & # 39; S & # 39; about the shallow grave where he buried Shanann (right)
Affirmation: Watts also signed the photo (above), but then he still claimed that his wife had killed the girls
Victims: police and investigators were already on site after receiving the GPS information from his truck on the morning of the murders
In addition to marking the location of the bodies, Watts also drew his name at the bottom of the photo.
Unaware of him at that time, police and investigators were already on site after receiving the GPS information from his truck on the morning of the murders.
Once researchers appeared on the scene, the difficult process of removing the bodies began.
A drone first flew over the ground and the video from it clearly shows where Shanann was buried, with a white sheet marking her grave.
The process of retrieving Shanann & # 39; s body started first, followed by the harrowing trial to get Bella and Celeste out of the oil tanks.
It started at 5 p.m. on August 16 and would last nearly 2 p.m.
This happened the day after Watts had identified the location on the image.
To begin with, the oil from the two 400-barrel tanks was drained by hand by workers, who carefully poured the liquid over metal screens to collect any evidence.
Once the tanks were emptied, men in independent breathing apparatus entered the bodies of Bella and Celeste and removed those whose skin came from their bodies when they were released from the tanks.
Their mother and unborn baby brother Nico were found only 100 meters away in a shallow grave.
The report reveals that the diameter of the opening of the oil tank was only 8 inches, which means that it was too small to fit into Shanann's body.
The troopers who led the collection process arrived around 9 o'clock in the morning of August 16.
& # 39; While the first raw tank was loading, Trooper Bandy, Reeder and I put rope handles on two containment pools & # 39 ;, Tropper Wilson wrote.
& # 39; We expected the bodies to be covered with crude oil and to use the pools to put in any body once recovered. & # 39;
After the tanks were emptied, the bolts on the tank doors at the foot of the barrell were removed by the team on site.
& # 39; Sergeant Armstrong went to the top of the tank and looked out into the thief, & # 39; reports the report.
& # 39; Sergeant Armstrong told me he could see what looked like a body with its head down on the south side of the tank. & # 39;
Photographs were taken and then the men started removing the body from the tank.
Because of the level of oil sludge and toxic fumes, the men could only stay in the tank for a few minutes, making the process much more complicated and difficult.
& # 39; Trooper Reeder first went inside then I close. There was a body down on the south side of the tank with the head facing west. It seemed to be a small female child & # 39 ;, is the report.
& # 39; Trooper Reeder grabbed the upper part of her right arm to turn her around. Trooper Reeder then lifted her on both upper arms while I held her right leg. Trooper Reeder held her left arm and left leg while we led the body to the mangway. & # 39;
The victim was then taken out of the tank, but during the trial hand & # 39; degloved & # 39; the skin of her hand.
Terrible day: the process of retrieving Shanann & # 39; s body started first, followed by the harrowing ordeal to get Bella and Celeste out of the oil tanks (above)
Other woman: Watts had an affair with Nichol Kessinger (above) at the time of the murders
That skin was recovered and given to a member of the police on the spot.
The men then went on to remove the body of the second victim, which was found in the second oil tank.
& # 39; I grabbed her right arm at the wrist area and moved her to the manhole. At this point Trooper Reeder was able to secure her left arm and left leg. Trooper Reeder and I then passed the body through the manhole, & # 39; read the report.
& # 39; Trooper Bandy grabbed the left wrist and shoulder as Sergeant Armstrong did the same on the right. When the victim was passed through the mangrove wing, Trooper Bandy and Sergeant continued to support her body when she was placed in a retention basin. & # 39;
The report also notes: & # 39; During this extraction there was some slip on the skin where we had to touch the body of the victim. There was also a piece of skin on the plywood where her back made contact. & # 39;
Some skin was also lost while the body was moved to the oil pool.
& # 39; There was also a skin on the plywood where her back contacted & # 39 ;, is the report.
& # 39; Trooper Reeder and I then walked along the inside of that tank that also contained approximately 4 inches of crude sludge. We have not found any additional evidence in the tank. We left the tank and walked to the field south of the tanks. The corpse was handed over to the Weld County Coroner.
Sergeant Armstrong continued to track the second victim, using a four-gas monitor, when the Weld County coroner and pathologist tried to remove the crude oil using various oil-absorbing pads.
& # 39; The second victim was then put in a body bag and taken to the Weld County Coroner vehicle. & # 39;
The men who had collected the bodies had to undergo an extensive decontamination process from the few minutes they spent in the tanks with diving equipment.
& # 39; Wiggins Fire has again decontaminated us with hose spray and fire-fighting foam. We went off the air at 1756 & # 39 ;, the report says.
& # 39; Trooper Reeder and I then went back to our response trucks and removed our PPE. We cleaned up our equipment and started to put everything away. Trooper Reeder and I returned to our patrol uniform. & # 39;
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