A California-based real estate investor who fled to Mexico while out on bail for his wife’s 2012 murder was captured on Sunday after four years on the run, authorities confirmed on Monday.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Peter Chadwick, 55, arrived in California early Monday following his arrest in Mexico hours earlier. Prosecutors have accused Peter Chadwick of strangling his wife of 21 years, Quee Choo Chadwick, 46, and dumping her body in a gas station trash bin in San Diego.
Citing federal authorities, KABC reported that Quee Choo Chadwick’s body was found eight days after her murder. While Peter Chadwick allegedly claimed a handyman kidnapped and killed his wife, authorities said detectives “doubted his story, especially when they noticed scratches on his neck and dried blood on his hands.”
Accused murderer #Peterchadwick is back home in Newport Beach. Video of him after his capture in Mexico. The husband/father is now in Newport city jail after 4 years on the run. Chadwick allegedly killed his wife #fugitive #murder @cbsla #cbsla @NewportBeachPD More KCAL & CBS2 pic.twitter.com/5Sex1Pj9nd
— michele gile (@CBSmichelegile) August 5, 2019
Officials claimed the Chadwicks had discussed getting a divorce around the time of the murder, according to KCAL.
The Los Angeles Times reported that authorities originally arrested Peter Chadwick near the Mexico border—days before his wife’s body was discovered—after a neighbor reported the couple missing. Though he allegedly admitted to fabricating the kidnapping story, he pleaded not guilty to murder and posted $1 million bail.
Peter Chadwick surrendered his British and American passports and agreed to live with his father in Santa Barbara. In January 2015, suspicions arose that he was on the lam after he failed to appear for a pretrial hearing.
U.S. Marshals announced in September 2018 that they’ve added Peter Chadwick to their “15 Most Wanted” fugitive list. Despite surrendering his passports, authorities speculated the father-of-three successfully fled the country using international connections and monetary resources.
At the time, U.S. Marshals cautioned that he should be considered armed and dangerous due to the nature of the allegations against him.
The statement alleged, “Task force members searched and learned he had emptied bank accounts worth millions. U.S. Marshals also discovered books Chadwick allegedly read about how to change one’s identity and live off the grid.”
U.S. Marshals had offered a $25,000 reward for information that led to Peter Chadwick’s apprehension. The city of Newport Beach and private donors offered up to $75,000 for relevant tips.
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[Featured image: Quee Chadwick/Handout]