Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery

Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery

Arrested in Queensland on Wednesday, the 70-year-old is to be extradited to New South Wales, where the murder allegedly occurred.

Speaking on the arrest, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Olen said: "A 70-year-old man has been arrested this morning shortly before 8 o'clock in relation to the murder of Lyn Dawson".

In recent months it has captivated the world after The Australian's investigative podcast series The Teacher's Pet, for which reporter Hedley Thomas and producer Slade Gibson won the Gold Walkley, Australian journalism's highest honour.

He said detectives had revisited the case three years ago and a "fresh brief" of evidence led to the arrest.

Two days after Mrs Dawson went missing, Joanne Curtis, a 16-year-old student at Cromer High School where Mr Dawson was a teacher, moved into the family's home.

Comm. Fuller said two additional witness statements had been taken since April, but would not comment on the significance of that evidence.

He has always denied any involvement with his wife's death and his family said in a statement they expected him to be found not guilty.

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

An application for bail was refused by Queensland magistrate Dennis Kinsella and Dawson was taken into custody of NSW detectives.

But NSW Detective Superintendent Scott Cook insists investigators are confident in the strength of their case.

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His extradition to NSW was granted and he is expected to be put on a plane and flown to Sydney on Thursday morning and then formally charged with his wife's 1982 murder.

Police are reportedly looking into chartering their own flight to get Mr Dawson back to NSW. "Certainly we have solved homicide cases before without identifying the body", he said.

It comes after detectives from the Homicide Squad's Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Scriven in 2015 to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Lynette's disappearance and suspected murder.

"What is important to me was justice for Lynette Dawson and her family, and today is an important step forward in that", he added.

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

A forensic search of the home the Dawsons once shared in Bayview was undertaken.

His family said they were "disappointed" at the decision of the DPP.

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

"For it to finally happen it nearly doesn't seem real yet to me".

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