The niece of missing woman Lynette Dawson has told Nine that she is surprised at how quickly NSW Police moved yesterday to search her aunt’s former home for her possible remains.

“We knew that the dig was happening at some point but we didn’t know that it was going to be yesterday,”  Renee Simms told TODAY. “Yesterday was incredibly intense.”

“I guess we’re just taking it day-by-day. There seems to be something new coming out almost every day. We never know what we are going to wake up to. We are just rolling with the punches.”

According to Simms, the family were anticipating a move like this from police, but were shocked at how fast it all happened yesterday.

Despite the new efforts, Simms says that the family are not getting their hopes up.

“I think we’re not game to get too hopeful because we’ve been in a similar position before and nothing’s come of it. But you know, it is there under the surface,” she said.

The dig is expected to take about five days. Homicide squad commander Scott Cook yesterday described what exactly the search of the property entails:

We are digging in four areas; a small area at the back of the house between the rock and the building, another area in the back yard near the clothes line, another area a little further up in the back yard and around the pool area.

Lynette Dawson disappeared in 1982. The mother-of-two vanished not long after her husband Chris Dawson began a relationship with 16-year-old Joanne Curtis, who moved into the family home only days later. Mr Dawson has long denied any involvement in her disappearance.

The case has faced renewed scrutiny thanks to Teacher’s Pet, a podcast about the case from The Australian.

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