OC Man jailed on suspicion of murdering his wife

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NEWPORT BEACH (CNS) – A 48-year-old businessman remains in custody in the Newport Beach jail, booked on suspicion of killing his 46-year-old wife, as police Saturday continued to search for her body, a police sergeant said.

Peter Gregory Chadwick was being held on $1.5 million bail in the Newport Beach jail, said Newport Beach police Sgt. Dave Miner.

Officers were sent to Chadwick’s home about 7 p.m. Thursday when a neighbor called police to report that children of Chadwick and his wife, Quee or “Q.C.,” had not been picked up from school earlier that afternoon, according to a department statement.

Officers responding to the home on Almanzora in Newport Coast saw evidence of a struggle and possible foul play, according to a department statement.

Yulianna Nikulina, who lives next door to the Chadwicks, told the Los Angeles Times that she heard Quee Chadwick screaming about 6:30 a.m. or 7 a.m., on either Monday or Tuesday. Nikulina told The Times she thought the scream was an expression of momentary frustration.

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

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