Chris Dawson charged with wife Lyn's murder

Victim Lynette DawsonNSW Police

On Thursday in Sydney 70-year-old Chris Dawson was charged with the murder of his former wife, Lynette Dawson, nearly four decades after her disappearance in January of 1982.

Mr Dawson told Lynette's family she needed time away and did not report her missing to police for nearly six weeks.

The 70-year-old was extradited to Sydney this morning after he was arrested at his home on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Lynette Dawson's disappearance in 1982 has been the subject of a popular crime podcast that has highlighted the case across the world.

Dawson, who intends to plead not guilty, will spend at least a week behind bars before applying for bail after he faced Sydney Central Local Court via video link on Thursday.

Chris Dawson is expected to be charged with his wife Lyn's murder.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller spoke with Ben Fordham following Wednesday's development.

"One of the things that concerns me, is this man, Chris Dawson, is entitled to the presumption of innocence".

It is believed the arrest follows new information provided by Dawson's teenage lover at the time, Joanne Curtis.

Former high school teacher Dawson, who was denied bail, has previously denied killing mother-of-two Lynette and insisted she left the family to join a religious group.

Queensland Police arrest Chris Dawson at a home on the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning.
NSW Police
Queensland Police arrest Chris Dawson at a home on the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning. NSW Police

Detectives from the NSW homicide squad began re-investigating her suspected murder in 2015 and sent a brief of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions in April this year.

"There was additional evidence that was identified and that has seen the DPP make a positive decision in prosecuting an individual for the murder of Lynette Dawson", Fuller said.

"I think we're just really thankful to Joanne that she has come forward and chose to be a witness because I think without her it would be a very tough case to win", Ms Sims said on Thursday morning.

The former school teacher was sitting in the back of a auto next to a police officer as he was being driven to the airport, after facing an extradition hearing on Wednesday. "Statements from witnesses helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together".

Thomas went on to describe a flurry of activity, as Lyn Dawson's family members described their relief at the news of Chris Dawson's arrest.

"There are other examples in policing history and history of the courts where people have been convicted of murder without a body", he told reporters.

A relative, David Jenkins, tweeted: "I'm shaking".

No trace of Mrs Dawson has ever been found since she vanished from her Sydney home 36 years ago.

Mr Fuller declared "we certainly won't give up on that search" for Mrs Dawson's remains.

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