Body Found in Dumpster Identified as Newport Beach Missing Wife

An autopsy found that a body discovered in San Diego County was that of Quee Chadwick

By Toni Guinyard and Jason Kandel
|  Saturday, Oct 20, 2012  |  Updated 10:13 AM PDT
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Authorities said a body found in San Diego County is that of a missing Newport Beach mother whose husband faces charges in her murder. Janet Kwak reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct, 19, 2012.

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Authorities said a body found in San Diego County is that of a missing Newport Beach mother whose husband faces charges in her murder. Janet Kwak reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct, 19, 2012.

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Police Seek Links to Body Found in Dumpster

Newport Beach police were trying to determine whether a body found in a dumpster in San Diego was that of Quee "Q.C." Chadwick, the wife of a man who was arrested in connection with her murder. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Oct. 19, 2012.

Newport Beach Police Investigate Body Found in San Diego Dumpster

The body of woman found in a dumpster in San Diego County may be the missing wife of a Newport Beach real estate investor. Her husband, Peter Chadwick, was arrested in San Diego last week on suspicion of killing her. Officials called the gruesome discovery a lead in the case, but had not yet positively identified the remains. Janet Kwak reports from Newport Beach for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2012.
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A body found in San Diego County has been identified as that of a woman who disappeared from an upscale Newport Beach community last week, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Newport Beach police had traveled to San Diego Friday to investigate whether the body, found in a dumpster, was that of the wife of a man facing murder charges in connection with her death.

The San Diego County coroner on Friday afternoon identified the body as that Quee "Q.C." Chadwick, pictured below. Her husband, Peter Chadwick, has been charged with her murder.

The cause of death is still to be determined, the DA's office said.

Few details were being released about the case on Friday. The Newport Beach Police Department put a hold on the release of information with the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The woman's body was discovered Thursday in a dumpster in the 12000 block of Wildcat Canyon Road (map), in a semirural area near a county park inland from and northeast of San Diego.

Peter Chadwick has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder with special circumstances for financial gain, prosecutors said. He's accused of killing his wife in their Orange County home and then disposing her body in an unknown location, officials had said.

The investigation began after the couple's three sons were not picked up from school, police said.

Detectives found blood and signs of a struggle at the couple's home on Almanzora in Newport Coast, an exclusive gated development. They had been called out to the home on a welfare check by a relative who couldn't locate the Chadwicks.

Authorities said Chadwick had driven to San Diego near the border of Mexico and then contacted the San Diego Police Department.

He was arrested in San Diego on Oct. 11.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Peter Chadwick claimed another man killed his wife and forced him to put the body in a truck before driving his car to the border.

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