Chris Dawson charged with murder of wife

Chris Dawson is escorted by NSW Police detectives as he arrives at Sydney Police Centre at Surry Hills

Chris Dawson is escorted by NSW Police detectives as he arrives at Sydney Police Centre at Surry Hills

Former teacher Chris Dawson has been denied bail after being charged with the murder of his ex-wife Lynette, who disappeared on Sydney's northern beaches 37 years ago.

The 70-year-old former rugby league player and teacher was arrested by detectives from the Queensland Police Service's Homicide Squad at a home in Biggera Waters just before 8am Wednesday.

Dawson has always been a suspect in the case but denies any involvement in his wife's disappearance.

Lynette's husband Chris, who has always been a suspect in his wife's disappearance, was taken into custody at a home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast just before 8am Wednesday.

Mr Dawson appeared in Sydney's Central Local Court via video link on Thursday, where he was denied bail.

The case has been brought back to light following hugely successful crime podcast The Teacher's Pet, produced by The Australian.

The episode, simply titled Arrest, outlines the immediate reaction to the news that Dawson is set to be charged with his wife's murder.

"They were predominately statements from witnesses that helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together", he explained.

Chris Dawson has been refused bail over his wife's death.

Chris Dawson will spend at least a week behind bars
Chris Dawson will spend at least a week behind bars

Mrs Dawson was 33 when she went missing in January 1982 leaving behind two young daughters.

Ms Dawson's sister-in-law, Merilyn Sims, said the family had been overwhelmed by support after being phoned by detectives with news of the arrest. CHRIS Dawson has been formally charged with murder, more than 30 years after his wife's suspicious disappearance.

The former school teacher was sitting in the back of a vehicle next to a police officer as he was being driven to the airport, after facing an extradition hearing on Wednesday.

"Absolute relief. My dad was elated", she told Nine Network on Thursday.

"I think we're just really thankful to Joanne that she has come forward and made a decision to be a witness because I think without her it would be a very tough case to win", Ms Sims said on Thursday morning. "Statements from witnesses helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together".

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

"There are other examples in policing history and history of the courts where people have been convicted of murder without a body", he told reporters.

Relative David Jenkins tweeted: "I'm shaking".

Detectives in September dug up the backyard at the Bayview home the couple shared in the early 1980s, but did not find Lyn's remains or items of interest.

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