[UPDATED with Husband Blaming Painter:] Quee Chadwick, OC Homicide No. 39: Millionaire Peter Gregory Chadwick Held
UPDATE NO. 2, OCT. 16, 10:06 A.M.: Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says the actual SUV Peter Gregory Chadwick was driving when he was arrested Thursday is in police custody, but the agency has released this photograph of a similar-looking vehicle in case the public recalls seeing it alongside a road:
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The husband told San Diego cops a man murdered his wife and forced Chadwick to load her into his SUV, a source tells the Daily Pilot.
Chadwick pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing Monday in Central Jail, Santa Ana.
UPDATE NO. 3, OCT. 19, 7:50 A.M.: Authorities believe the body of Quee Chadwick may have been found in a San Diego County dumpster Thursday. This statement was posted on the Newport Beach Police Department website last night:
On October 18, 2012 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Newport Beach Police Department Detectives responded to the 12000 block of Wildcat Canyon Road in the Lakeside area of San Diego County in regards to an investigative lead in the disappearance and homicide of Quee "Q.C." Chadwick. The body of a female was discovered in a dumpster at the above location however it has not been identified.
Newport Beach Police Detectives are currently working with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and San Diego County Medical Examiner to positively identify the remains.
Anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Newport Beach Police Department at (800) 550-NBPD or Detective Bryan Moore at (949) 644-3764. The public is encouraged to call with any information and messages can be left anonymously if desired.
Because of his wealth and possibility of being a flight risk, a hold has reportedly been placed on the $1.5 million bail of multi-millionaire Peter Chadwick, who remains locked up at Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana this morning.
UPDATE NO. 4, OCT. 19, 5:26 P.M.: Quee Chadwick was positively identified this afternoon by the San Diego coroner, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Cause of death is yet to be determined, prosecutors added.
UPDATE NO. 5, OCT. 29, 9:10 A.M.: Peter Chadwick told Newport Beach police a house painter killed his wife Quee, according to a search warrant affidavit viewed by KCBS2 News.
"Peter provided a statement that his wife was murdered in their master bathroom by a man who he had invited to their home to give an estimate for interior painting services," police claim Mr. Chadwick told them hours after his wife's murder. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.
But police are not buying that explanation, alleging Chadwick told "lies" because of something else mentioned in the affidavit: injuries, including scratches and bite marks on Chadwick, that are consistent with the kind of violent struggle evidenced in his Newport Coast home.
Now that Quee Chadwick's decomposed body has been found, police plan to return to Peter's holding cell with a medical examiner to look even harder at those marks on him, including whether a bite mark on his arm could have been made by his wife.
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