Newport Beach police are asking for the public’s help in locating the body of a Newport Coast woman believed to be the victim of a homicide, according to a news release.
The investigation began about 7 p.m. Wednesday, when a woman became concerned for the children of her neighbors when she learned they hadn’t been picked up from school that afternoon, the release said.
Officers responded to the home on Almanzora in Newport Coast, where they “observed evidence of a struggle and possible foul play,” the release said.
“Due to significant concern for the welfare of both residents, Peter and Quee Chadwick, a search was immediately initiated,” the release said.
At 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Peter Chadwick contacted the San Diego Police Department, requesting help, the release said.
“Upon further investigation and with the assistance of the San Diego Police Department, Detectives from Newport Beach Police Department took Chadwick into custody for suspicion of Homicide,” the release said.
Chadwick currently is in custody in the Newport Beach Jail with bail set at 1.5 million, said Kathy Lowe, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman, in an email.
“The children are safe and being cared for,” she said.
Police believe Quee “Q.C.” Chadwick was a homicide victim, but her body has not been found, the release said. Newport Beach police are searching the area they believe Peter Chadwick traveled in the 12 hours before he contacted San Diego police. At that time, police say, Chadwick was driving a Champagne colored 2003 Lexus SUV.
Police ask anyone with information to call the department at (800) 550-NBPD or Det. Bryan Moore at (949) 644-3764. Messages may be left anonymously.