A California millionaire on the U.S. Marshal Service’s most wanted list for allegedly killing his wife was arrested late Sunday, Aug. 4, in Mexico following a years-long manhunt, officials and reports said.
Peter Chadwick, 54, had been on the run since January 2015, when he failed to appear for a court hearing on charges he killed his wife at their Newport Beach home, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said Chadwick killed Quee Choo “Q.C.” Chadwick, 46, on Oct. 10, 2012, after the couple had a fight over money and possibly getting divorced.
Police found Chadwick driving in San Diego near Mexico the next day and he claimed a handyman killed his wife and forced him to drive to the border to dump her body, said prosecutors.
His wife’s body was found a week later in a trash can in rural San Diego County, officials said.
Chadwick pleaded not guilty and was released on a $1 million bond on Dec. 21, 2012. He surrendered his British and American passports and agreed to live with his father, “a wealthy investor,” in Santa Barbara as he awaited trial.
When he didn’t show up to the Jan. 5, 2015 court hearing, a fugitive task force found his bank accounts worth millions of dollars had been cleared out. Investigators also learned of books that Chadwick had read about how to change identities and live on the run.
Late Sunday, Chadwick was captured in Mexico and placed in the hands of U.S. authorities.
An Orange County DA representative said she believes Chadwick will be taken to Orange County Jail.