Chris Dawson arrested and to be extradited to NSW

Former rugby player Chris Dawson arrested in cold case made famous by podcast

Former rugby player Chris Dawson arrested in cold case made famous by podcast

FORMER teacher Chris Dawson has been refused bail and will be extradited to NSW over the alleged murder of his wife Lynette nearly 37 years ago.

Speaking on the arrest, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Olen said: "A 70-year-old man has been arrested this morning shortly before 8 o'clock in relation to the murder of Lyn Dawson".

"Statements from witnesses helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together".

However, prosecutors have previously said there was insufficient evidence to lay charges.

Earlier this year, the case was taken up by a podcast, The Teacher's Pet, which painstakingly reviewed the evidence, re-interviewed witnesses, and raised allegations that.

She said it was a "happy day, but also a sad one".

Mr Dawson has always denied being involved, telling police she ran off to join a "religious cult".

"Earlier this week, the ODPP provided advice to police, and following further inquiries, detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland".

The body of the mother of two has never been recovered.

"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".

Mr Fuller said finding Ms Dawson's remains was "not crucial to finalising the matter", however investigators had not given up hope of doing so.

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Detectives from the NSW homicide squad began reinvestigating her suspected murder in 2015 and sent a brief of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions in April this year.

Mr Williams remanded Dawson in custody until next Friday's bail hearing when he's expected to again appear via video link. He's now expected to face a Parramatta court on Thursday.

Lyn Dawson's family are seeking privacy at this time, but are relieved. "That makes it very weak", he said.

"For it to finally happen it nearly doesn't seem real yet to me".

Lyn Dawson's niece Renee Sims tells Chris Smith the arrest is "incredible news".

An inquest in 2003 found that Mr Dawson, a former high school teacher and rugby league star, had engaged in sexual relationships with teenage students during his marriage.

Mr Dawson was a sports teacher at Cromer and was having an affair with pupil Joanne Curtis, which started when she was 16, when Mrs Dawson disappeared.

A former rugby player - the subject of a popular podcast about the disappearance of his wife - has been arrested.

Mr Kinsella noted Dawson's "good character" but said the allegations against him were too serious to release him on bail.

Police press conference regarding the arrest of Chris Dawson.

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

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