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AustraliaLynette Dawson's family 'ecstatic' after cold case arrest

16:06  05 december  2018
16:06  05 december  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

'We will not give up': Police promise to keep searching for Lynette Dawson's body

'We will not give up': Police promise to keep searching for Lynette Dawson's body NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller declared authorities will keep searching for the body, after Chris Dawson's sensational arrest on Wednesday.

The brother of missing Sydney mother-of-two, Lynette Dawson, said he was "ecstatic" on hearing the news that Chris Dawson was arrested this morning.

Chris Dawson was taken into Queensland over the death of wife Lynette and is expected to be extradited to NSW over the coming days.

Greg Simms said he was on the veranda of his Lake Macquarie home when NSW police informed them of today's explosive development. Mr Simms said he grabbed his wife and they both cried.

Dawson to face NSW court for wife's death

Dawson to face NSW court for wife's death The husband of missing Sydney mother Lynette Dawson is expected to face court charged with her murder. Chris Dawson, 70, was arrested on a warrant and hauled before a Queensland court on Wednesday almost four decades after his wife was last seen alive. 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. "We've been waiting for 36 years for something like this to happen," Ms Dawson's niece Renee Simms told Ten Network on Wednesday. "For it to finally happen it almost doesn't seem real yet to me.

Lynette Dawson's family 'ecstatic' after cold case arrest © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Chris and Lynette Dawson on their wedding day. In 1982, Chris moved his teenage lover Joanne Curtis into the family home just two days after she had vanished without a trace. Picture: WantedTV.

"I was just ecstatic that we've got a result," Mr Simms exclusively told 9NEWS.

"We were always hopeful but if you look back over the years you could say we've been kicked in the guts a few times, but we've got there."

"We've always been determined to find the truth and that's the reason why we’ve fought to keep Lyn’s name alive and out there with all the different media with the TV, the radio and the print press."

Lynette Dawson's family 'ecstatic' after cold case arrest © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Lynette Dawson vanished in 1982.

Ms Dawson vanished from her Bayview home on Sydney's northern beaches in 1982, following revelations her husband had been having a year-long affair with a teenage student.

Was the Lynette Dawson murder arrest sparked by The Teacher's Pet podcast?

Was the Lynette Dawson murder arrest sparked by The Teacher's Pet podcast? With millions of downloads, The Teacher's Pet, which centres on Lynette Dawson's disappearance, is undoubtedly one of the biggest podcasts this year. But police sources deny it led to yesterday's arrest. After 36 years, Ms Dawson's ex-husband Chris Dawson — the man at the centre of The Teacher's Pet podcast — was arrested on the Gold Coast for her murder. Many times over the years the family had given up hope, believing it had been all but swept under the rug.

New life was breathed into the decades-old cold case this year after The Teacher's Pet podcast investigation by Australian journalist, Hedley Thomas.

Mr Simms today paid tribute to Thomas.

Lynette Dawson's family 'ecstatic' after cold case arrest © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Police are digging up the Bayview home of missing mother Lynette Dawson.

"We are indebted to Hedley Thomas forever," Mr Simms said.

"He could see something there and he went through it with the determination only Hedley Thomas could do."

Mr Simms said the family was grateful for the extensive work carried out by NSW Police.

Chris Dawson offers $1.5 million in security for bail.
Dawson appeared at Central Local Court today, applying for bail while he awaits trial for allegedly killing his wife Lynette Dawson, who disappeared in 1982. Dawson’s lawyer Greg Walsh told the court that the crown’s case is entirely circumstantial and is not strong. © 9news Dawson appeared at Central Local Court today, applying for bail while he awaits trial for allegedly killing his wife Lynette Da The crown suggested that Chris Dawson could use his twin brother’s passport is he was given bail, a suggestion to which Dawson replied “you’re kidding”.

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