Chris Watts' house

Murder House in Frederick, Colorado

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Chris Watts' house

This is Chris Watts' former house.

It is located at 2825 Saratoga Trail in Frederick, Colorado.

The oil field operator lived at this address with his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two daughters, Bella (4) and Celeste (3).

Watts strangled Shanann to death at their home during the early hours of August 13th, 2018. After killing his wife, he drove their two children to his worksite near Roggen and then murdered them.

Following the killings, he pretended as though Shanann had taken their daughters and left.

The case received worldwide attention, especially after Netflix released the documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door.

Shanann disappears

On August 13th, 2018, Shanann's friend Nickole Atkinson became concerned after she failed to show up for an appointment.

Her concern grew even further when Shannan failed to answer the door or respond to any of her text messages.

Knowing that this was extremely out of character, Atkinson decided to raise the alarm with Shannan's husband and the Frederick Police Department.

A subsequent welfare check by the police showed no sign of Shanann or the two girls.

Shanann's car was still parked in the garage. Furthermore, both her phone and medication were found inside the house.

On August 14th, Watts stood on the porch outside this house and pleaded on local television for his family to return.

Chris Watts is arrested

The police arrested Watts the following day and convinced him to undergo a polygraph test. After failing the test, he eventually confessed to killing Shanann.

Although Watts initially tried to blame the murders of Bella and Celeste on his wife, his story did not hold up to scrutiny.

On August 16th, 2018, the bodies of his two children were discovered in oil tanks at his worksite near Roggen. Shanann's remains were also found buried in a nearby shallow grave.

On November 6th, 2018, he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of first-degree murder.

Two weeks later, he was sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Chris Watts house address

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


2825 Saratoga Trail, Frederick, Colorado, CO 80516, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the house are:

40.090719, -105.000554


It is situated at the end of Steeple Rock Drive. The entrance to the neighborhood is on Aggregate Boulevard, which is west of Frederick.

Details about the general area

Frederick is a small town in the north of Colorado. It is about 30 miles north of Denver.


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2825 Saratoga Trail

2825 Saratoga Trail

In the aftermath of the murders, people left flowers, teddy bears, and balloons outside of 2825 Saratoga Trail.

Watts family home

Saratoga Trail

The house is 4,177 square feet in size. It has five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

It sits across from the corner of Saratoga Trail and Steeple Rock Drive.

Zillow estimates that it is worth $702,600. However, this estimate is probably high, as it doesn't take the house's history into account.

The property was last sold on November 22nd, 2022, for $600,000.

The last Google Street View images of the neighborhood were taken in 2012, which was one year before the house was built.

The location where Chris Watts buried his wife and daughters

Shanann watts burial site

This is an aerial map of the location where Watts buried his wife and daughters.

It is situated about 3 miles north of a small town called Roggen.

When Watts found out that Shanann was pregnant, he tried to force her to have a miscarriage by secretly giving her a painkiller called oxycontin. In letters that he wrote to a pen pal, he said that he had been planning the murder for weeks.

He initially tried to smother Bella and Celeste at the house. However, they both "woke up."

After driving out to this site in Roggen, he smothered them again and then placed their bodies in two separate crude oil tanks.

Afterwards, he buried Shanann's remains in a shallow grave on the southeastern side of the property. She was found face down, lying in a fetal position.

Watts' former employer, Anadarko Oil and Gas Company, owned the property.

The site is roughly 40 miles away from his house in Frederick. Google Maps indicates that it would have taken him 50 minutes to drive between the two locations.

He reportedly put garbage bags over Shanann's head so that the girls wouldn't be able to see her during the journey.

Drone footage

Drone footage

This is a drone image of the site.

The bodies of the Watts family were discovered on August 16th, 2018—three days after they were murdered.

The Watts family

The Watts family

The photographs above show the Watts family during happier times.

Chris and Shanann met in 2010 after he sent her a friend request on Facebook. They were married in November 2013.

Nickole Atkinson

Nickole Atkinson

Police bodycam footage shows that Shanann Watt's friend, Nickole Atkinson, immediately realized that something was off.

During the welfare check, Shanann's phone and medication were discovered inside the house. Furthermore, her car was still parked in the garage.

This led to suspicions that the young mother had not left on her own accord.

Living room

Living room

In the bodycam footage, a police officer peers in through the window by the front door.

However, the living room looked untouched, and there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Neighbor's security camera

The neighbor's surveillance

During the welfare check, the police officer visited Watts' next-door neighbor. While they were reviewing surveillance footage of the neighbor's driveway, Watts put his hands on his head and started to look worried.

It is possible that he didn't realize the security camera reached so far into his own driveway.

As they were watching the footage, the neighbor who owned the surveillance camera seemed so concerned by Watts' body language that he kept looking over at him.

As soon as the neighbor was alone with the reporting officer, he pointed out that Watts "wasn't acting right" and that he was "rocking back and forth."

Nate Trinastich

Nate Trinastich

Nate Trinastich owned the security camera that captured Watts.

While speaking to the responding officer, he said that it was strange how Watts pulled his truck right up to the garage.

Trinastich pointed out that he never did this in the past. Instead, he would carry his toolbox out of the house and then walk back and forth if he needed to.

Nichol Kessinger

Nichol Kessinger

Watts met a woman named Nichol Kessinger at his workplace in June 2018. Shortly afterwards, they began an affair.

On the day of the murder, he texted her and said that his family had "gone."

Facebook post

Shanann Watts' Facebook post

On June 17th, 2018, Shanann posted a Father's Day message about Chris.

In the post, she stated that they were "blessed" to have him. She also spoke about how they were expecting their third child.

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