Newport Beach man suspected of killing his wife

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NEWPORT BEACH (CNS) – A Newport Beach man was behind bars Friday on suspicion of killing his wife as police continued the search for her body.

Quee “Q.C.” Chadwick, 46, was identified as the alleged victim, and police were retracing the steps of her husband, Peter Chadwick, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said.

A neighbor of the two called Newport Beach police about 7 p.m., Wednesday, requesting a check on the welfare of the Chadwicks when their children were not picked up from school earlier that day, Lowe said.

Officers saw signs of a struggle and “possible foul play” in the residence and investigators began searching for the Chadwicks, Lowe said.

About 5:30 a.m., Thursday, Peter Chadwick called San Diego police from the 905 Freeway seeking assistance, Lowe said. Police will not say why he needed help, Lowe added.

Newport Beach police, however, took Peter Chadwick into custody on suspicion of murder, Lowe said.  Investigators will not release any specifics on why Chadwick was under suspicion, Lowe said.

“We do believe he’s involved in her disappearance and homicide,” Lowe said.

Chadwick was being held on $1.5 million bail in the Newport Beach jail, Lowe said. Investigators were going over Peter Chadwick’s movements in the 12 hours before he contacted San Diego police, Lowe said.

Anyone with information was asked to call Newport Beach police at (800) 550-NBPD or Detective Bryan Moore at (949) 644-3764.

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