Chris Dawson, the husband of missing Sydney woman Lynette Dawson, has been arrested and will be charged with her murder.
The Australian reports Queensland Police arrested 70-year-old Dawson this morning, nearly 37 years after her disappearance. It is believed NSW Police will seek his extradition.
Dawson’s disappearance has remained unsolved since she first vanished from Sydney’s northern beaches in January 1982.
Two separate coronial inquests found Dawson was likely responsible for the murder of his wife, but a lack of evidence kept Dawson from facing charges.
Further suggestions Dawson was responsible for her death, and claims that authorities had inadequately handled the investigation, were levelled in The Australian’s The Teacher’s Pet podcast series.
In September, NSW Police announced a new forensic search to be conducted at the home the Dawsons once shared in Bayview. However, authorities confirmed they did not find Dawson’s remains “or any items of interest to the investigation.”
To date, Dawson has maintained his innocence.
Speaking to The Australian, Lyn Dawson’s brother Gregg Simms said “we’re just completely over the moon that something has finally happened.”
More to come.
Editor’s note: a previous version of this article stated Lynette Dawson was last seen in 1987. This error has been amended.
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