Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Teacher's Pet podcast: Husband arrested over 1982 disappearance of wife

Teacher's Pet podcast: Husband arrested over 1982 disappearance of wife

Ex-rugby league player Chris Dawson has been arrested and is expected to be charged with the murder of his wife.

The cold case gained worldwide attention this year due to The Australian's investigative podcast series The Teacher's Pet.

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

"That information enabled New South Wales Police to get an arrest warrant for a 70-year-old man now living in Queensland", Fuller told reporters Wednesday.

Macquarie Media Reporter Anthony Laughton was in Southport Arrest Court as Chris Dawson applied for bail, fighting an extradition request from NSW Police.

Speaking on Studio 10 on Wednesday, Lyn's brother Greg Simms - the first of her family to be contacted by police today- said the family were "over the moon" about the arrest.

It has highlighted the bungled handling of Mrs Dawson's case by police in the early years after her disappearance, prompting a recent apology from the state's police commissioner.

After his wife's disappearance he moved one of his 16-year-old pupils into his house and they would later marry.

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

Two separate inquests have recommended for murder charges to be laid against a "known person".


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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Dawson, who was also a highschool Physical Education teacher, was taken into custody at a home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast just before 8am on Wednesday.

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.

Cook said the two additional witnesses interviewed as a result of the podcast were "not crucial, but they are corroborative".

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

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