Case # 12HF2960

Date: August 5, 2019




Melanie Eustice, Chief of Administration and Public Affairs

                                Office: 714-347-8443, Cell: 714-975-3002

Kimberly Edds, Public Information Officer

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Orange County District Attorney, Newport Beach Police to Hold Press Conference Regarding Capture of Fugitive Peter Chadwick

WHO: Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer     Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis

Senior Assistant District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh     Newport Beach Police Deputy Chief Jay Short

U.S. Marshals David Singer     Newport Beach City Council Member Will O’Neil


WHAT: The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Newport Beach Police Department will hold a joint press conference regarding the capture of wanted fugitive Peter Gregory Chadwick.

Chadwick, 54, of Newport Beach, has been wanted by law enforcement after failing to appear for a court hearing in January 2015 on a charge for murdering his wife in their Newport Beach home. Chadwick is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. The defendant was out of custody after posting $1 million bail on Dec. 21, 2012.

On the morning of Oct. 10, 2012, Chadwick is accused of murdering his wife, Quee Choo “Q.C.” Chadwick, in their Newport Beach home over a dispute regarding a possible divorce and related financial issues. He is accused of then disposing of his wife’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 (NBPD) when the Chadwicks could not be located. A subsequent search of the home revealed blood and signs of a struggle inside. Newport Beach Police began investigating the whereabouts of the couple.

Sometime between the morning of the murder and the morning of Oct. 11, 2012, Chadwick is accused of driving to San Diego near the border of Mexico and contacting the San Diego Police Department. The defendant was arrested by NBPD in San Diego on Oct. 11, 2012. He was out on bail when he failed to appear at a pre-trial hearing in January 2015. The U.S. Marshals Service added Chadwick to its 15 Most Wanted fugitive list in September 2018.

WHEN: Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Orange County District Attorney’s Office, 401 Civic Center Drive W., Santa Ana, CA 92701, First Floor Law Library

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