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Millionaire Who Murdered Wife Arrested After 4 Years On The Run.

After being on the run for more than four years, millionnaire and wanted murderer Peter Chadwick has been taken into custody, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

54-year-old Chadwick is said to have killed his wife, Quee Choo "Q.C." Chadwick, and dumped her body in a trash can on October 10, 2012. The murder took place at the couple's Newport Beach home, following a dispute about getting divorced and financial issues, (https://www.ocregister.com/2019/08/05/authorities-capture-fugitive-newport-beach-millionaire-charged-in-killing-of-wife/) prosecutors stated to the Orange County Register.

Police conducted a welfare check at the Chadwick's house after their children were not picked up from school the day of the killing. Blood and signs of a struggle were found. The following day, Chadwick contacted police from the Mexico border and said that a handyman had killed his wife and kidnapped him. He also added that the perpetrator had forced him to drive there and dump her body.

At the time of his disapperance in January 2015, Chadwick was out of custody on $1 million bail, had surrendered his American and British passports and was living with his father in Santa Barbara until his trial. He was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing, for which he did not show up. US Marshals found that he had emptied multiple bank accounts that he could still access, apart from using the maximum cash advance on several credit cards and even making 'test' trips to Pennsylvania and Seattle, as reported by (https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/06/peter-chadwick-runaway-millionaire-murder-suspect-caught/) The Washington Post.

In an effort to generate new leads, the Newport Beach police department put out a true crime podcast about the murder, titled Countdown to Capture. Each of the podcast's episodes ended with a request to contact the department if they had any information to share.

"Technology can make the world a very small place, with very few places to hide. And that's why we want this podcast to reach as many people as possible. Please consider sharing it, tell your friends about it, no matter where you are in the world. Because Peter Chadwick, he really could be anywhere," said spokesperson Jennifer Manzella in the podcast.

Since 2018, Chadwick had been on the US Marshals Service's 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. The public had been offered a $100,000 reward for his arrest.

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