Update @ 3:28 p.m.: Authorities have positively identified the body found in a trash bin in Lakeside in San Diego County as that of 46-year-old Quee “K.C.” Chadwick, according to the prosecutor who filed a murder case against the victim’s husband, Peter G. Chadwick.
Original Story: An investigation was under way today into whether the body of woman found in a dumpster in Lakeside was the missing wife of a Newport Beach real estate investor arrested on suspicion of killing her.
The body was found off Wildcat Canyon Road about 3 p.m. Thursday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Officer was tasked with identifying the body and had not released a name as of early today.
Los Angeles television station KCAL9 reported it was 46-year-old Quee “K.C.” Chadwick. Chadwick’s husband, Peter G. Chadwick, 48, was arrested Oct. 11 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.