Husband of missing woman Lynette Dawson arrested on the Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 12.30 PM | Chris Dawson, the husband of missing Northern Beaches woman Lynette Dawson, has been refused bail in Southport Court.

The 70-year-old former rugby league player will now be extradited to NSW, where he is expected to be charged with murder.

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.


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His 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 girls vanished from the couple’s Bayview home on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

Her body has never been found.

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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EARLIER @ 10.00 AM | Chris Dawson, the husband of missing Northern Beaches woman Lynette Dawson, has been arrested on the Gold Coast and is expected to be charged with murder.

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

He’s been taken to the Southport Courthouse where NSW detectives will apply for his extradition at his first court appearance.

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.

The 33-year-old mother of two girls vanished from the couple’s Bayview home in 1982 and has never been seen since.

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

Speaking to Studio 10 on Wednesday, Lynette Dawson’s brother Greg Simms revealed his family was “over the moon” about the arrest.

“We are just absolutely over the moon. Its taken a long haul but its going to be a very good Christmas for our side of the family knowing that we’ve finally got somewhere and we’re going to find out what actually happened through the court system,” he told the program.

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

“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 their daughters,” the statement reads.

“We have no doubt whatsoever that Chris will be found not guilty as he is innocent.”

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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