Police 'Tie Pieces Of The Puzzle Together' In Lyn Dawson Murder

Pauline Gross
December 5, 2018

Chris Dawson was "calm" but "a little taken aback" when he was arrested in Queensland on Wednesday morning in connection with the death of his first wife, Lyn, police said.

However, police said the arrest followed three years of renewed investigations.

During his statement, Commissioner Fuller thanked the public for their assistance in "solving" the matter.

The mystery case gained global media attention and a cult following, with The Teacher's Pet podcast trending internationally and attracting 27 million listeners around the world.

Discussing the prosecution's case against the 70-year-old, Commissioner Fuller said "no doubt it will be a voluminous brief with an enormous amount of evidence, and there will be a number of witnesses called." .

In September, police dug up the Dawsons' old home in Bayview on Sydney's northern beaches, but did not find any trace of Lynette Dawson's body.

In 2015, NSW Police established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Dawson's disappearance and suspected murder.

To date, he has maintained his innocence.

"We have sold homicide before without identifying the body", he continued.

Mr Dawson is due to appear in Paramatta Local Court on Thursday.

Chris Dawson, has always been a suspect in the case but the former Newtown Jets rugby league player denies any involvement in her disappearance.

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The cold case has gripped the nation and grew in momentum following the release of the critically-acclaimed podcast, The Teacher's Pet.

"We haven't given up hope in terms of finding Lynette Dawson's body".

Police have spoken to Lyn Dawson's family this morning, who are "relieved".

An application for a warrant was lodged after NSW Police received advice back from the DPP earlier this week.

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

The magistrate said the crown alleged domestic violence allegations against Mr Dawson would be raised in evidence, as well as evidence from the woman involved in the affair - Mr Dawson's former student Joanne Curtis.

Mr Dawson, 70, was arrested at Biggera Waters by detectives from Queensland Police Service's Homicide Squad. She became the family's babysitter and months later the pair became involved in a sexual relationship.

On the weekend of January 9, 1982, Lyn disappeared. He then waited six weeks to report his wife missing.

The former teacher has strenuously denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance.

"There is clear and uncontested evidence that Lyn Dawson was alive long after she left Chris and their daughters", they said in a statement.

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