Husband of missing woman Lynette Dawson arrested on the Gold Coast

Chris Dawson

Chris Dawson, 70, is to be charged with murdering Lynette Dawson, New South Wales (NSW) authorities said.

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".

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

The Australian today revealed key witnesses that form part of the police case include Curtis and a former northern beaches schoolgirl who kept diaries from the time she knew Curtis and Mr Dawson.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Ms Dawson's family was relieved after being told of the arrest.

"They were predominantly statements from witnesses that helped us to tie pieces of the puzzle together", he said.

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.

Police arrested Mr Dawson in Queensland and said he would be extradited to NSW.

The former school teacher appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday where his application for bail was refused.

"A team of dedicated detectives has been investigating this case over the past three years", Det Supt Cook said.

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Meanwhile, Chris Dawson's family has released a statement proclaiming his innocence.

Two separate inquests have recommended for murder charges to be laid against a "known person".

The police have been criticised for not investigating Mrs Dawson's disappearance properly.

Since Lynette's disappearance, Dawson claimed she had run away to life with a religious cult in a remote area of NSW.

"It's my understanding that there were two additional statements that were a by-product of the media and the work that the media has done".

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

"We have to also ensure Chris gets due process".

"We would like to have found the body of Lynette Dawson, not just for the evidence but for the family, and we certainly will not give up on the search", he said.

"As a result of the investigation and as a result of information that has come from the public, this week we received wonderful information from the DPP that there was sufficient evidence to prosecute", he says.

"I'm the happiest man alive today, and if Lynette is up there looking down, she'd be smiling at us", he told News Corp Australia.

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