Breaking: Interior photos of Chris Watts’ Ford Lariat Work Truck

Chris Watts’ work truck has appeared on the online vehicle auction site SalvageNow.com.

Besides the exterior and interior photos, the VIN number 1FT7X2B67FEC57658 corresponds to that in the Discovery Documents page 614.

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SalvageNow.com provides some interesting miscellaneous detail on the truck:

– It has 74,472 Miles on the clock

– It’s exterior is described as “Caribou Metallic”

– It’s categorized as a fleet/lease vehicle

Watts’ Ford Lariat happens to be one of the enduring mysteries of the Watts case. The truck was used as an impromptu hearse to transport the bodies of his wife and two dead children. According to Watts, he placed all three bodies in the cabin portion of the truck, behind the front passenger seat. The Trinatich surveillance video appears to corroborate this element of his story – that all three bodies were loaded into the cabin for transport to the tanks near Roggen.

Yet despite the truck playing an integral role in connecting the one crime scene to the other, it appears not to have been made available to the K9 units [in terms of the interior], or if it was, that part of the investigation is off the record.

Far more evidence [or potential evidence] has been recovered from the truck than the SUV. According to the Discovery Documents, 13 separate items in the truck caught the interest of law enforcement.

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A few additional points that are worth noting:

  1. The truck was an “alternative fuel truck”, meaning it was powered by compressed natural gas [Discovery Documents page 814]. This raises questions around the red gasoline tank Watts was seen loading, and possibly pouring into the bed of the truck early Monday morning.
  2. Located in the front passenger compartment was a roll of black plastic bags.
  3. The front driver’s seat and front passenger seat were covered with canvas seat covers [These canvas covers appear to be missing from the SalvageNow photos].
  4. A potential DNA swab was taken from the steering wheel.
  5. In the rear seat were two large plastic bins containing various items including maps, paper work, safety equipment and work tools.
  6. Black rubber boots were found in the floor behind the front passenger seat.
  7. The front passenger seat is aligned differently, and with the backrest slightly more downward compared to the driver’s seat [in some images].
  8. The interior cabin and console is covered in a fine yellow dust.
  9. The dashboard console is fitted with an apparatus to hold/stow a work computer/laptop. Watts used [or referred to] this computer at CERVI 319 after digging Shan’ann’s grave.fullscreen capture 20190112 145551
  10. A disposable green cigarette lighter was seized from the door compartment on the passenger side of the truck. It’s not clear who this belonged to, as neither Watts nor his wife smoked. [Could it be Kessinger’s, Trent Bolte’s, Amanda McMahon’s or a co-worker’s?]

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The fuel gauge below appears to be around a quarter to half full. 49763002_10215224012408546_7046610090719182848_n49806311_10215224008888458_9012334175906168832_n49812730_10215224010368495_8165357807567110144_n49829585_10215224008648452_4147264908288851968_n49857681_10215224011608526_1791100297003663360_n49948336_10215224009608476_7792360208809852928_n50053184_10215224009848482_6415820222619451392_n50061169_10215224010088488_7534977808196435968_n50088516_10215224011248517_1082221223313670144_n50099182_10156036115938297_8983637467882061824_n50326156_10215224010568500_4031959287092740096_n

17 thoughts on “Breaking: Interior photos of Chris Watts’ Ford Lariat Work Truck

  1. The eerie nonchalance of this vehicle being offered for sale so innocuously to an unsuspecting bidder suggests that CarMax or the like may wish to include another tidbit of information to their records of a vehicle’s history:

    Has this vehicle ever been involved in the commission of a crime of which a felony conviction/s was/were obtained, or otherwise have any notoriety associated with it of which a buyer might wish to be aware (such as transport of illegal contraband, substances, human remains, or any other objects of concern a buyer might deem objectionable…)

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  2. I see there is space in the truck bed to squeeze two little garbage-bagged bodies down and out of sight by the silver tool boxes – or maybe IN the silver tool boxes. As for Sha’nann she could go in the backseat. Was she belted in thought? Would he care if she rolled onto the floor?

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  3. Aha! Here’s a perfect time to introduce this again! What ever happened to the hair that was reportedly found in the truck? It was mentioned on Ashleigh Banfield’s show back in September 2018.

    “Welcome back, everyone. I want to bring in Pat Lalama, a crime journalist who has been following this case. Pat, the material that People Magazine

    is reporting is astounding. Hundreds of hairs found in that truck. Take it from there.

    PAT LALAMA, CRIME JOURNALIST: Well, you`re absolutely right. It is stunning to me as well. So in that truck, where it`s presumed that he

    transported his pregnant wife`s body, the two children`s bodies, police sources tell People Magazine that they have recovered hundreds, Ashleigh,

    not a handful, not one or two, but hundreds of strands of hair. And as you can very well guess, this will be very significant in terms of the

    analysts, forensic analysts trying to determine if that will lead them to when exactly these poor people passed away. ”

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1809/11/ptab.01.html

    What color was the hair? “Strands” doesn’t sound like razor stubble. It sounds like longer pieces. Who had long hair? Just asking….

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      • Nick,
        Would evidence such as multiple strands of hair found in the truck suggest Chris did some processing of the bodies and be part of the 200 pages of discovery not made public?

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      • That was what I thought. He had cut their hair himself on previous occasions. He may have cut or shaved their heads as part of a more thorough processing. But the autopsy seems to disprove that.

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  4. I came across this video of the neighbor’s garage camera on Yourtube. I was watching it at various timestamps. At the timestamp 12:45, you can see a small shadow coming from the inside of the garage. At that instance, you can see CW come from the front of the truck and pick up whatever the moving shadow was. He then proceeds back towards the front of the truck. At first, I thought maybe Deeter, but we know that Deeter was clearly locked in the basement when Ofc Coonrod showed up.

    I hope that this isn’t Celeste or Bella, and he put her in that tank alive. That thought is going to haunt me forever.

    I am wishing I wouldn’t have clicked on that youtube video. I will link it

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  5. If Bella was alive when he lifted shadow into truck and she was murdered in truck, that would account for all the hair, she fought back, I’m convinced someone was in truck the whole time and it was them that suffocated the poor kids, the lighter might b used for quick small bursts of light in truck, if you watch beginning of video that’s time stamped when watts get out of truck lights come on, when he closes truck door lights go off, when he comes back out of house, carrying a ‘sleeping’ cece perhaps, the light in the truck comes on before he gets to open the truck door, am convinced somebody hidden in truck and they opened the door for him and did the killing, he didn’t go back to truck for another 4 min, enough time for poor baba to be smothered, don’t believe he did all this on his own.No cadaver odor found in house for kids, just the stress dog hitting on Bella’s room, such a frustrating case.

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    • As far as the lighter, I think he was considering burning shanann’s body- or evidence such as clothing, blankets & toys, etc. He did bring gas cans that he loaded that morning….he may have needed a way to light the gas on fire.
      He was keeping that option open….

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