Chris Dawson arrested and expected to be charged over his wife's murder

Chris Dawson arrested and expected to be charged over his wife's murder

Chris Dawson arrested and expected to be charged over his wife's murder

Chris Dawson, 70, is to be charged with murdering Lynette Dawson, New South Wales (NSW) authorities said.

Just before 8am (local time) on Wednesday, Dawson was arrested by Queensland Police detectives in the presence of Strike Force Scriven investigators at Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast.

Earlier this year, the case was taken up by a podcast, The Teacher's Pet, which painstakingly reviewed the evidence, re-interviewed witnesses, and raised allegations that.

For decades since Lynette Dawson went missing in Sydney's northern beaches, her family has believed that the case was mishandled and that the evidence pointed to her husband, Chris Dawson, who moved his teenage lover into the family home two days after his wife disappeared.

"Earlier this week, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions provided advice to police, and following further inquiries, detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland", NSW Police said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

"They were predominately statements from witnesses that helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together", he explained.

Commissioner Fuller says they won't give up on trying to identify Lyn's whereabouts but locating her remains isn't crucial to finalising the matter.

"A team of dedicated detectives has been investigating this case over the past three years", Det Supt Cook said.

Dawson has always maintained his innocence, and claimed his wife had run away to live with a religious cult in remote area of NSW.

Two inquests in 2001 and 2003 found that Mrs Dawson, then 33, was murdered by a 'known person'.

Chris Dawson has been arrested on the gold Coast
Chris Dawson has been arrested on the gold Coast

Dawson was hoped to be extradited to NSW on Wednesday, however police were unable to organise air transport for him out of Queensland.

In 2015, New South Wales Police's Strike Force Striven was established to reinvestigate the case.

In a statement, the Dawson family said it was disappointed.

"We're certainly hoping an interview with this 70-year-old man who's now in custody in Queensland will assist us with the outcome of where the body may be".

Commissioner Fuller said police have not given up on finding her remains.

In September investigators spent nearly a week digging up the Dawsons' former Bayview home but found no human remains and no significant clues.

It came after Mr Dawson began a relationship in 1980 with his 16-year-old student Joanne Curtis.

"We have no doubt whatsoever that Chris will be found not guilty as he is innocent".

"We've had a cry, we've cuddled, we're just completely over the moon that something has finally happened", he told The Australian.

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