[UPDATED with Husband Blaming Painter:] Quee Chadwick, OC Homicide No. 39: Millionaire Peter Gregory Chadwick Held

See Update No. 5 at the end of this post about the husband blaming a house painter for his wife's death and why police aren't buying that story.

See Update Nos. 1-4 with the charge against and possible motive of the suspect,
the kind of car he was driving, what authorities are calling his false murder report, his plea at arraignment and the victim's body being found and positively identified.

The presumed late Quee Chadwick
ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 15, 9:33 A.M.: Quee Chadwick is missing, but Newport Beach Police suspect Peter Gregory Chadwick, a prominent 48-year-old real estate investor, not only knows where his wife is but that he murdered her.

There is evidence of a violent struggle in the multi-million-dollar Chadwick home, according to Newport Beach Police, who is being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

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Based on various sources, we can now string together this timeline:

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  • Around 6:30-7 a.m. a week ago today or Tuesday, a next-door neighbor heard Quee "Q.C." Chadwick screaming inside her home on Almanzora, which is within a gated neighborhood in Newport Coast. The neighbor did not report this at the time, figured Ms. Chadwick was momentarily frustrated.

The Chadwick family
  • About 7 p.m. Wednesday, neighbors contacted the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) because the Chadwick children had not been picked up from school that day. A look through the home indicated a struggle had taken place and foul play was suspected, although police have not yet gone into great detail about it. Police then launched a search for Peter Chadwick and his 46-year-old wife.

Courtesy of NBPD
Peter Chadwick
  • Around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Mr. Chadwick contacted San Diego Police by phone to say he needed assistance along the 905 freeway, near Tijuana. Newport Beach Police have also not gone into detail about the nature of the assistance Chadwick requested, but the agency confirms that call is what made them suspect he'd murdered Quee. Working together with their San Diego counterparts, Newport Beach officers arrested Chadwick on suspicion of murder.

Chadwick was transferred to Orange County Jail on Sunday.

Courtesy of KABC News
The Chadwick home
Investigators are now trying to determine where Chadwick had driven in the hours after he left his Almanzora home until he was picked up near the border. He had been driving a champagne-colored 2003 Lexus SUV. Anyone who may have seen a vehicle fitting that description at the side of a road, or who has any information that can help investigators, is asked to call Newport Beach Police Det. Bryan Moore at 949.644.3764 or the department's main line, 800.550.6273.

UPDATE NO. 1, OCT. 15, 12:29 P.M.: Peter Gregory Chadwick murdered his wife in their Newport Coast estate and disposed of her body elsewhere because of a dispute over a possible divorce and other money-related issues, an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) arraignment statement essentially concludes.

Chadwick, who the OCDA will request be held without bail, was scheduled to be arraigned some time today on one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain, which could send him to state prison for life without the possibility of parole with a conviction.

Most of the other information released by the OCDA, whose veteran homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy drew the case, was previously disclosed by Newport Beach Police. The OCDA does narrow down the time of the presumed killing to last Monday morning, Oct. 8, and reveals blood was later found in the Chadwick home. Besides Detective Moore, whose contact information is in the original post, more information is being solicited from the public by Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at 714.347.8492.

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