NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Investigators tried to determine Friday whether a body found stuffed in a trash bin outside San Diego is the wife of a real estate investor charged with her murder.
An “investigative lead” into last week’s disappearance of 46-year-old Quee “Q.C.” Chadwick led authorities on Thursday afternoon to a trash bin off Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside, according to a statement from the Newport Beach Police Department.
Lakeside is a small rural suburb about 75 miles southeast of Newport Beach and a dozen miles east of San Diego.
The San Diego County medical examiner’s office was expected to determine whether the body is that of Chadwick. Other details were not immediately released.
Chadwick’s husband, 48-year-old Peter Gregory Chadwick, has pleaded not guilty to committing murder for financial gain and could face life in prison without chance of parole if convicted.
He remained jailed without bail on Friday.
Orange County prosecutors contend that Chadwick killed his wife at their Newport Beach mansion on Oct. 10 during an argument over financial issues and a possible divorce.
A neighbor alerted authorities that the couple was missing after learning their children hadn’t been picked up from school that day.
Chadwick was arrested in his Lexus sport utility vehicle the next day near the Mexican border after he called San Diego police from his car, investigators said.
Blood and signs of a struggle were found at the mansion, investigators said.