LAKESIDE (CNS/CBS8) - The body of woman found in a Dumpster in rural San Diego County today may be the missing wife of a Newport Beach real estate investor who was arrested on suspicion of killing her.
San Diego County sheriff's detectives were alerted about 3 p.m. to a body found off Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. News 8 has learned it was Newport Beach authorities who originally notified deputies of the possibility of a body stashed along Muth Valley Road.
Investigators were still at the scene and he could not verify that the body was identified as that of 46-year-old Quee "Q.C." Chadwick, a sheriff's spokesman said.
KCAL9 reported that the body had been identified as Chadwick's.
Peter G. Chadwick, 48, was arrested last Thursday near the border in his Lexus sport utility vehicle and later charged with murdering his wife.
Newport police were alerted Oct. 10 when the woman failed to pick up her three children from school that afternoon.
About 5:30 a.m. the next morning, Peter Chadwick called San Diego police as he drove along Interstate 905 and was later arrested.
Peter Chadwick was later charged with murder with a special circumstance allegation of killing for financial gain, which makes him eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole if he is convicted.
"What I can tell you is he definitely did it ... It's his motive that's still pretty unclear," Orange County Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy told City News Service.
The two were talking about getting a divorce, Newport Beach police said.
Peter Chadwick, who was denied bail, is jailed in Orange County, pending an Oct. 26 pretrial hearing.
Murphy said investigators found blood and signs of a struggle in the Chadwicks' Newport Coast home.
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