Wanted Newport Beach murder suspect captured in Mexico

Peter Chadwick, 54, of Newport Beach, on the run for the last four years from the law, has been arrested in Mexico and returned to Newport Beach for prosecution in the alleged murder of his wife, Q.C. Chadwick.

Wanted Peter Chadwick

Fugitive Peter Chadwick, accused of murdering his wife in 2012, was arrested in Mexico on Sunday

Following hundreds of tips, one led to Mexico, where Chadwick was arrested Sunday night, Aug. 4. near Pueblo. At the time of his arrest, Chadwick was in possession of numerous alias identification documents and living amongst expats.

“I want to thank the Mexico government for their cooperation,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “As prosecutors, we will do everything in our power to get a conviction.”

Wanted Q.C

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Q.C. Chadwick was murdered in 2012

Chadwick is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.

On the morning of Oct. 10, 2012, Chadwick is accused of murdering his wife, Quee Choo Chadwick, in their Newport Beach home over a dispute regarding a potential divorce and related financial issues. He is accused of then disposing of his wife’s body.

Wanted Todd Spizter

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OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer showing the contrast visually of the Chadwick’s Newport Coast home and where they found Q.C.’s body

That afternoon, neither Chadwick nor the victim arrived to pick up their children from school. Another parent drove the children home and then requested a welfare check from the Newport Beach Police Department. The subsequent search of the home revealed blood and signs of a struggle inside. NBPD then began investigating the whereabouts of the couple.

Q.C.’s body was found one week later in a dumpster in northern San Diego County.

Chadwick, who fled after posting a $1.5 million bail following his arrest, has been on the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted fugitive list since September 2018.

Chadwick posters

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NBPD’s social media campaign helped keep pressure on Chadwick

Newport Beach Police Department launched a Countdown to Capture social media campaign internationally, the first of its kind, in September 2018 to hunt for Chadwick.

“The campaign kept the issue in the forefront of people’s minds and we feel kept pressure on Chadwick, which is what we wanted,” said NBPD Police Chief Jon Lewis.