BREAKING | Chris Dawson charged with murder of wife

UPDATE @ 11.30 AM | CHRIS Dawson has been formally charged with murder, more than 30 years after his wife’s suspicious disappearance.

Lynette Dawson was 33-years-old when she vanished from the couple’s Bayview home on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

Police say the mother-of-two was officially reported missing more than one month later, on 18 February 1982.


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Her body has never been found despite two separate inquests finding that she had likely been murdered.

Lynette’s husband Chris, who has long been a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, was taken into custody at a home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast just before 8am Wednesday.

The 70-year-old former rugby league player and teacher appeared at Southport Magistrates Court on a NSW arrest warrant, where NSW detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to Sydney.

He touched down this morning and was escorted by detectives to Surry Hills Police Station where he was formally charged with murder.

He’s since been refused bail to appear at Central Local Court later today.

Chris Dawson’s arrest comes three years after detectives from the Homicide Squad’s Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Lynette’s disappearance and suspected murder.

EARLIER @ 6. 30 AM | THE husband of missing Northern Beaches woman Lynette Dawson has been extradited to Sydney this morning, where he is expected to be charged with the murder of his wife.

The 70-year-old former rugby league player and teacher was arrested by detectives from the Queensland Police Service’s Homicide Squad at a home in Biggera Waters just before 8am Wednesday.

He was taken to the Southport Courthouse where he was denied bail and remanded in custody.

After being extradited this morning, he’s due to appear in Parramatta court.

Chris Dawson’s arrest comes three years after detectives from the Homicide Squad’s Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Lynette’s disappearance and suspected murder.

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

Her body has never been found despite two separate inquests finding that she had likely been murdered.

Mrs Dawson’s disappearance came after her husband allegedly began having an affair with his teenage student Joanne Curtis.

In details revealed in the The Australian’s investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet, Mr Dawson allegedly invited his 16-year-old lover to move into the family home just two days after Mrs Dawson vanished.

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

“A team of dedicated detectives has been investigating this case over the past three years,” Det Supt Cook said.

“The resolve of the Unsolved Homicide Unit detectives shows that they will continue to search for the truth, no matter how many years may pass.”

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Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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