Fresh witness evidence leads to arrest of Chris Dawson over wife's disappearance

Chris Dawson is taken into custody

For a deep dive into this truly cooked case, listen to the podcast The Teachers Pet here.

From The Australian, the podcast began in May of this year and centres on the unsolved disappearance of Northern Beaches mum Lyn Dawson in 1982.

"I have said from the start, what is important to me was just as important for Lynette Dawson and her family", he said.

In April NSW Police asked the Director of Public Prosecutions if there was enough evidence to charge Dawson.

In 2015, NSW Police established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Dawson's disappearance and suspected murder. In what appears to be a clear reference to hit podcast series The Teacher's Pet, he said those additional statements "were the by-product of the media and the work that the media has done".

Describing it as a "voluminous" evidence brief, Fuller said the additional evidence - including two discovered through podcast - had "helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together".

Detectives allege Mrs Dawson was having financial trouble when she disappeared and will argue that, because she had organised a family portrait and her children were due to return to school, she did not plan to disappear suddenly of her own accord.

Ms Barnes argued that her client had a brother in NSW with whom he could live if bail was granted and said Mr Dawson was happy to check in at a local police station regularly.

Just before 8am on Wednesday, Mr Dawson was arrested by Queensland Police detectives in the presence of Strike Force Scriven investigators.

Chris Dawson has been arrested on the gold Coast
Chris Dawson has been arrested on the gold Coast

Cook told reporters detectives were "confident" about their case against Mr Dawson despite not knowing where Lyn's body was.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Ms Dawson's family was relieved after being told of the arrest. Supt. Scott Cook, the head of New South Wales homicide squad, said in a news release Wednesday.

"We won't give up on trying to identify the whereabouts of Lynette Dawson, but, from our perspective, it is not crucial to finalising the matter".

Dawson continues to maintain his innocence.

"We're certainly hoping an interview with this 70-year-old man who's now in custody in Queensland will assist us with the outcome of where the body may be".

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

Lyn's family has been advised of the arrest and have since requested privacy.

Speaking to A Current Affair last night, Simms said he was "stunned" by today's development but was staying hopeful.

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