Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery

Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery

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

NSW Police confirmed the arrest of a 70-year-old man had taken place around 8am (AEST) on Wednesday in Queensland.

The case has been brought back to light following hugely successful crime podcast The Teacher's Pet, produced by The Australian.

The 33-year-old mother of two girls vanished from the couple's Bayview home on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

An inquest in 2003 found that Mr Dawson, a former high school teacher and rugby league star, had engaged in sexual relationships with teenage students during his marriage.

Mick Fuller, the New South Wales police commissioner, recently apologised for police failings on the case during the 1980s.

"They were predominantly statements from witnesses that helped us to tie pieces of the puzzle is together", he told reporters.

Mr Fuller said detectives spoke to Lyn's family on Wednesday morning and they "were certainly relieved to hear this result".

On Sept. 10, police conducted a forensic search of Dawson's former home in Bayview, a suburb of Sydney.

Image: AAP Police remained at the home for a week.

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Hit podcast "Serial", which investigated the murder of Baltimore high schooler Hae Min Lee and the subsequent arrest and prosecution of Adnan Syed, helped reveal little-known evidence regarding the case. Her family, two coroners and the current NSW police commissioner think she was killed.

Dawson, a Newtown rugby league player in the early 1970s, has always been a suspect in the case but denies any involvement in his wife's disappearance.

Chris and Lynette Dawson on their wedding day.

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

The family of Chris Dawson has released a statement, defending him.

"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". He has said that she abandoned the family for a religious group.

"We are disappointed at the decision of the DPP as there is clear and uncontested evidence that Lyn Dawson was alive long after she left Chris and his daughters", brother Peter Dawson said, according to the Seven Network.

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

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, praised the work of Strike Force Scriven investigators.

"We have to also ensure Chris gets due process".

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