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Neighbor: Shouts from home of Newport Beach man held in wife's killing

October 12, 2012 |  2:14 pm

Neighbors of a 48-year-old Newport Beach man arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife, whose body is missing, say they heard shouting this week coming from their multi-million dollar home.

Peter Gregory Chadwick, 48, a business executive, was arrested Thursday near the Mexican border and booked in connection with the killing of his wife, Quee "Q.C." Chadwick, whose body has yet to be found, police said.

Peter Chadwick called San Diego police from the 905 Freeway at Picador Boulevard on Thursday, a day after officers found signs of foul play inside their Newport Coast mansion. The couple failed to pick up their three children from school Wednesday, prompting the officers' visit.

Yulianna Nikulina, who lives next door to the Chadwicks, said she was home the day of the apparent murder and didn’t hear anything. But she said earlier in the week, either Monday or Tuesday, she heard Quee Chadwick scream around 6:30 or 7 a.m. 

She said she thought maybe it was an expression of momentary frustration by Quee Chadwick, possibly from getting the children ready. Normally the family is quiet and polite, and she never hears fighting or yelling from the home.

“Peter [was] always nice, nothing wrong, nothing special,” she said. "I can only tell you good things about this couple.”

She said the Chadwicks have three boys, age 8, 10 and 14, who are well-mannered. She and other neighbors had already been questioned by police.

All was quiet Friday at the palatial yellow home with small green tile accents on Almanzora.

But when officers entered the home Wednesday, they saw "evidence of a struggle and possible foul play," police said.

Concerned the struggle may have been fatal, police immediately launched a search for the Chadwicks.

Then Peter Chadwick called San Diego police about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, requesting help. He was near the U.S.-Mexico border, police said.

Police would not say what Chadwick told them, but they said the investigation revealed Quee Chadwick has been the victim of a homicide.

But it is a homicide without a body. Newport Beach police are conducting a widespread search of the areas believed to have been traveled by Chadwick during the 12-hour period before he contacted San Diego police.


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