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Cops: Millionaire Fugitive Spent 4 Years in Mexico

Police say podcast helped them get leads
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2019 4:12 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Newport Beach Police Department shows Peter Chadwick who who authorities are seeking the public's help in finding.   (Newport Beach Police Department via AP)
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(Newser) – Police in Newport Beach say media attention and the "Countdown to Capture" podcast they produced helped lead to the arrest of fugitive millionaire Peter Chadwick. "The podcast about this murder generated leads for us and it was a way to generate interest and created leads and created pressure for Peter to surrender," Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis said Tuesday, per ABC. Police say Chadwick, who allegedly strangled wife Quee Choo Chadwick in 2012, was arrested by immigration authorities in Mexico on Sunday and deported to the US. It's not clear who, if anybody, will be receiving the $100,000 bounty offered for his capture. Authorities say Chadwick had been living in an expat community near Puebla.

Chadwick, a wealthy real estate developer, jumped bail in 2015 and fled the country, authorities say, though both his American and his British passports had been confiscated. Investigators say the 55-year-old left clues to make it appear that he had fled to Canada but he was probably in Mexico the entire time, the AP reports. Officials say Chadwick started off staying in high-end resorts but moved to more modest residences after hotels started asking him for a passport. CBS reports that he withdrew large sums of cash from his accounts but the money apparently ran out. Lewis, the Newport police chief, said Tuesday that Chadwick had been working odd jobs, using aliases including Paul Cook, Paul Craig, and John Franklin. (Read more fugitive stories.)

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