The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has “developed possible bare foot impressions” from “items of evidence.” The items of evidence are not described in the motion, but Rourke does say they were collected at the scene where police found the bodies of 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her children, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. – Times-Call, September 19, 2018
The scene described here is CERVI 319, the oil site where all three bodies were dumped. The details of the motion suggest that Chris Watts dumped the bodies without wearing protective footwear. This may mean he didn’t want to get incriminating substances on his clothing, or conversely, it was an endeavor not to leave incriminating boot or shoe prints behind.
The items of evidence [plural] could include:
– Access ladders
-Fence posts or perimeter metal posts
-Sections of the storage tank
According to the Times-Call newspaper:
An agent from CBI used a normal latent print process for nonporous items to develop the impressions, according to court documents. Latent prints are impressions created by rigid skin, found on fingers, palms and the soles of the feet. Nonporous surfaces would be those that do not absorb sweat, such as glass or metal, and thus can hold the prints for a long time. The prosecution also has filed a motion requesting prints of Watts’ palms and his fingerprints, as well as digital photographs of his hands.
Watts’ defense attorneys have objected to the request, saying that government requests for the defendant to provide evidence are “subject to constitutional limitations.”
What the latest evidence conjures is the impression of Chris Watts, just before dawn on Monday August 13th, energetically clambering over and scampering between Anadarko oil infrastructure – bare foot – as he worked to dispose of his wife and children’s corpses.