Chris Dawson's family 'disappointed' over arrest for murder of Lynette

Chris Dawson's family 'disappointed' over arrest for murder of Lynette

Chris Dawson's family 'disappointed' over arrest for murder of Lynette

NSW Police and Forensic Services search the former home of missing woman Lynette Dawson, at Bayview on the northern beaches, in Sydney.

After being extradited, he is today expected to appear in a Parramatta court.

Mrs Dawson vanished from her home in Sydney's Northern Beaches in January 1982.

Mr Dawson told Lynette's family that she needed time away, and he did not report her missing to police for nearly six weeks. Her husband, Chris Dawson, has always been the prime suspect.

Police confirmed that on Wednesday, Dawson was taken arrested at his house in Coolum on the Gold Coast.

"NSW detectives will apply for his extradition at his first court appearance".

Despite two coronial inquests recommending Chris be prosecuted for murder, the DPP stated at the time there was insufficient evidence to lay charges.

On Wednesday the NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller, said that investigation had uncovered "additional evidence" in the form of witnesses statements, which were provided to the Department of Public Prosecutions in April.

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

"We have solved homicides before without identifying the body", he said.

Ms Dawson's disappearance has been the subject of a popular podcast
Image Lynette Dawson's disappearance has been the subject of a popular podcast

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.

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

The Gold Coast magistrate described the police case as "circumstantial" given Ms Dawson's body has never been found. However, his bail was immediately denied due to the "seriousness of the alleged crime".

The duty lawyer told the court he was willing to surrender his passport and live with a brother in NSW.

"We are confident with the case", Supt Scott Cook told reporters on Wednesday.

Lyn's brother Gregg Simms said he was "quite emotional" when he heard of Mr Dawson's arrest this morning.

Meanwhile, Chris Dawson's family has released a statement proclaiming his innocence.

"I'm sure there's a hell a lot of people around Australia who are in the same situation as us in relation to a loved one going missing, but it's just one of those things you grin and bear it and we've fought to keep our sister's name out there and finally we've got some sort of justice on the way".

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

After a career playing rugby league for the Newtown Jets, Chris Dawson worked as a P.E. teacher at Cromer High School.


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