SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they believe a millionaire fugitive charged with killing his wife in California spent the past four years in Mexico until intense media coverage led to hundreds of tips and eventually his capture.
Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis said Tuesday that 54-year-old Peter Chadwick was detained by Mexican authorities Sunday and flown to California on Monday.
Lewis says the real estate investor charged with strangling his wife in 2012 stayed in high-end resorts and hotels until they required a passport. Lewis says he then moved to modest hostels and worked odd jobs.
U.S. Marshal David Singer says Chadwick left leads for law enforcement to make it look like he fled to Canada after he skipped a court appearance in 2015 while he was out on $1 million bail.