From what I could find there were only two people that entered the house with the dog, and it was a controlled search. The front door remained open with a policeman outside near the door. It is my understanding this was a police investigation that was uploaded to youtube and people are speculating on things they believe could be paranormal.
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Supplemental Report No Property
333 5th Street
ARRESTEES - SUSPECTS
On Tuesday August 14, 2018 at approximately 1145 hours, in the State of Colorado, County of Weld, Town of Frederick, I
Officer Kate Lines responded to the police department and met with a search and rescue team and their K9’s, for search
efforts regarding the disappearance of Shannan Watts and her two children. After being briefed on the situation, I, along
with Officer Perez, Deputy Tkach, Boulder County Sheriff, Jayne Zmijewski and Jeff Hiebert, Search and Rescue Dogs of the
United States (SARDUS) responded to the home of the missing individuals.
Upon arrival, I contacted Chris Watts and explained to him that the Frederick Police Department brought in some extra
resources, search dogs, to help in locating his family. With his permission, he allowed a full search of his home. Prior to the
beginning of the search, Deputy Tkach explained what would be needed for the dogs to have a successful search. She
explained the need to collect scent articles. While speaking with Chris about appropriate items such as shoes and clothing,
she stated the importance of the items not being touched by anyone else. Each time Deputy Tkach asked Chris about
specific items, he mentioned that he had in some way touched them. Deputy Tkach was able to collect the scent from
Upon entry to the home I immediately noticed a strong odor of cleaning chemicals. The home appeared spotless and the
carpet had noticeable vacuum lines. As we walked to the kitchen/living room area, I observed that the television was on a
sports show. While standing by the back slider door, Deputy Tkach inquired about the little girls’ shoes on the back porch.
Chris said that the girls wore them to a pool party and the shoes had been wet, so he put them out to dry. During
conversation, Chris mentioned that he had made the girls’ beds that morning and had done laundry. He said that he had a
hard time sleeping and he is used to one of his little girls throwing chicken nuggets at him and the other one sitting in the
Chris was asked about Shanann’s car and if she drove it to the airport and he said no, Nikki dropped her off, it’s the white car
out front. He was asked if he drives it stating the white car in the driveway, no. He was asked if his wife has a car and he
pointed to the garage and said yes. When asked if he drives it, he stated that he took the girls to a pool party in it, on
Officer Perez commented to Chris, that he can’t imagine what he is going through. While speaking with Chris, he showed no
emotion and did not seem to respond appropriately to the situation. Chris did not ask any questions or offer to help at any
time. Chris’s facial expressions rarely changed, however when they did, he seemed to smile/smirk innapropriately,
dispalying a lack of empathy, specifically when speaking about his children; his voice remained low and even toned. His
nonverbal cues were very apparent. Chris had very erect and almost tense posture, and his arms crossed a majority of the
time. Chris lacked eye contact and appeared to be nervous, looking around constantly.
Chris escorted us through the entire house, showing us each room, including the laundry room where he dug through dirty
laundry and again mentioning that he was doing his kids' laundry.
Prior to beginning the search, Chris was asked to step outside so there was no interference with the dogs. Deputy Perez
remained with him and the front door remained open so that at any time he wanted to discontinue the search, he could do so
and the information could be easily relayed. I entered the home with Jayne and her K9, who she stated is a cadaver dog.
As we moved through the home, Jayne explained what type of scent the dog alerts to. Jayne mentioned several times that
the dog alerted to areas where there may have been some sort of trauma or struggle such as an argument, explaining that
scent from people, pools and collects in areas. The dog did not locate any human remains. The search continued from the
neighborhood clubhouse, west and then north, circling back to the home, without success. Jayne’s dog was later taken to
Chris’s work truck, which was parked just east of his home. Jayne stated that the dog detected but gave no hard command,
however, the dog did not enter the vehicle, and the doors to the vehicle remained closed.
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While in the home, a track dog was asked to enter, as there had bee some indication from the cadaver dog that a struggle or
argument may have ensued. Jeff Hiebert and his K9 entered the home. Jeff stated that his dog showed interest in the
unmade bed in the basement and an area just below the stairs, but did not do any final trained alerts. We exited the
basement and went upstairs to the garage. No indicators were noted in the garage and we exited the home.
After completion of the K9 searches, the K9 team was thanked for their help and they left. I remained in the area to assist
with a neighborhood canvas, going door to door handing out flyers and speaking with residents. At approximately 2015
hours I returned to the PD and was told that we were done for the day. The reports and map track from the K9 team
members have been added to the case file.
On Wednesday August 16, 2018 at approximately 1530 hours, I reported for duty and was asked to respond to Aggregate
Blvd. and Wyndham Hill, to hand out more flyers and contact people in and out of the Wyndham Hill neighborhood. At
approximately 1800 I was instructed to sit on the south side of the house and not allow anyone in or out of the home. I
remained at that location until instructed to respond to the front of the house at approximately 2200 hours. At approximately
2212 hours, a search warrant was executed. I was tasked with perimeter security, not allowing anyone not authorized, to
step on the property. At approximately 2216 I notified Sgt. Bakes that the tow truck arrived on scene. I maintained the crime
scene log and at approximately 2328 hours, after completion of the search warrant, and evidence had been secured in patrol
vehicles, I handed the crime scene log over to FET Officer Walje and left the scene.
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