Shortly after burying and dumping the bodies of his family, Watts called his realtor, Anne Meadows, and told him he wanted to sell #2825 Saratoga Trail. He wanted somewhere smaller, he told her, but still wanted three garages.
Meadows called back and suggested a slightly more modest home just around the corner: #6508 Saratoga Trail.
Above: Footage from 6432 Saratoga Trail of Chris Watts heading North on Saratoga Trail at 14:01:31, seconds after the call with Coonrod. Here Watts is heading towards 6508 Saratoga Trail.
On Tuesday morning after the murders, Watts told news crews on his porch:
“I was trying to get home as fast as I can, I was blowing through stop lights. I was blowing through everything just trying to get home as fast as I can because none of this made sense. I don’t feel like this is even real right now. It’s like a nightmare I can’t wake up from.”
But we know Watts first went to look at #6508 because when he arrived on the scene, Officer Coonrod’s bodycam just managed to capture him coming along Saratoga Trail, rather than down Steeple Rock Drive and into the T-Junction.
Trisnatich’s surveillance video also shows Watts’ truck departing for CERVI 319 at 1:00:17 going up Steeple Rock Drive.
His usual commute was from Saratoga Trail onto Steeple Rock Drive, then right into Wyndham Hill Parkway, then around the roundabout into Aggregate Boulevard and onto the highway either to Platteville or on to the fields beyond Hudson and Roggen.
#6508 is just further up the road from the blue swimming pool above left, or in the image below, just off center to the right. Note the already completed fracking battery opposite the house.
This is #6508 while it was still under construction. Images via Google Earth. It would be great to have an updated photo of #6508 and the new fracking battery under construction near #2825 from any locals in the area.
The GPS released (discovery page 555) does not show this stop. Does show that he stopped for 4 minutes at another house in the neighborhood (6507 Black Mesa) right before arriving back home. There was another page in discovery where they followed up and 6507 Black Mesa was a house under construction with trash dumpsters (blankies and stuffed animal disposal?), however the dumpsters had been landfilled prior to the follow up.
There is a single reference to 6507 Black Mesa. On page 555 the GPS data is illegible.
Although it’s conceivable Watts may have visited 6507 to dispose of evidence, it’s also not inconceivable that he drove via the address reference by his realtor, and took it in without stopping. In any event, he did not visit 6507 to evaluate the property as a home. This is the dynamic that’s being constructed here, which goes to motive.
Below are screengrabs of the Black Mesa site. The street view images show no houses constructed at the time, but a lone pumping jack already exists in the area.
If the GPS data is reliable and complete, it’s possible on his way home Watts slowed at the intersection, looked down and saw Officer Coonrod’s vehicle [which street view clearly shows would be visible from the Wynddam Parkway side of Steeple Rock Road], and then drove a loop to get rid of incriminating evidence.
Four minutes is a long time to be running around someone else’s property.
The route to dump the evidence takes Watts via the address mentioned in the text timeline messages by the realtor on the morning and afternoon of Monday. August 13.