Chris Dawson, the husband of Lynette Dawson, who has been missing and presumed murdered since 1982, has been arrested this morning in the town of Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.
In a press conference held by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller minutes ago, it was revealed that detectives met with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) this week “with very positive information” which allowed NSW police to obtain an arrest warrant for Chris Dawson. Chris, now 70, will face the Southport Magistrates’ Court later today and will likely be extradited to NSW on murder charges against Lyn Dawson “in the coming days.” Because Chris has not faced court yet, Commissioner Fuller was unable to provide all of the details of the investigation at this time. He did confirm that “additional evidence” including two more recent witness statements, allowed detectives to “tie pieces of the puzzle together.”
Commissioner Fuller said that the absence of physical evidence and in particular, Lyn’s body, wouldn’t impact the case and that past homicides have been solved without an identification of a body. However, he did state that law enforcement would not give up on finding Lyn’s remains. He also added that the in-depth dig performed at the family’s former home in Bayview on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in September provided no additional information.
Chris Dawson was reported to have gone “quietly” with police upon his arrest.
The story of Lyn’s disappearance was brought back into the limelight thanks to The Australian’s podcast, The Teacher’s Pet, and the tireless work of journalist Hedley Thomas.
The Teacher’s Pet has gone absolutely nuts both here in Australia and around the world. Listeners have become SO invested in this story and have hoped for justice for not only Lyn, but her entire family – but none more so than her daughters, Shanelle and Sherryn. Lyn’s brother, Gregg Simms, said the family were feeling “quite emotional” when they were told of Chris’s arrest this morning, telling The Australian, “We’ve had a cry, we’ve cuddled, we’re just completely over the moon that something has finally happened,”
Our thoughts are with Lyn’s family and while this must be incredibly difficult for Shanelle and Sherryn, we really hope this gives them the closure they need – and a final reassurance that their beautiful mum never deserted them.