Newport Beach police seek help in Chadwick case

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NEWPORT BEACH (CNS) – Newport Beach police today asked the public’s help in retracing the movements of a Newport Beach businessman who may have killed his wife.

Police issued a generic photo of the 2003 Lexus SUV model that Peter Chadwick was driving after he and his wife went missing Wednesday. Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said the GX470 is champagne colored and has California license plate 5CFR352.

Quee “Q.C.” Chadwick, 46, has not been seen since Wednesday. Her husband, Peter Chadwick, is held without bail in Orange County Jail, according to jail records.

Police impounded the SUV just before sunrise Thursday on a freeway just north of the Otay Mesa border crossing, near San Diego. Chadwick called from the side of the 905 Freeway requesting assistance, but investigators will not reveal the nature of the call for help, she added.

Lowe said investigators need help tracing his steps from 7 p.m. Wednesday, when a neighbor called police requesting a check on the welfare of the couple because their three young children had not been picked up from school, Lowe said.

Officers saw signs of a struggle and “possible foul play” in the family’s million-dollar home on a culdesac called Almenzora in a gated subdivision in Newport Beach, and investigators began searching for the Chadwicks, Lowe said. Police were not releasing why they suspect Peter Chadwick, Lowe said.

He has not been charged, but if he is he will likely face arraignment sometime this afternoon.

Police asked anyone with information to call (800) 550-NBPD or Detective Bryan Moore at (949) 644-3764. Anonymous tips will be accepted, Lowe said.

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