The former home of missing Northern Beaches mother Lynette Dawson, whose case has come under recent scrutiny thanks to a podcast, is being searched.
NSW Police have commenced a forensic search at the home in Bayview which was owned by Ms Dawson and her former husband Chris Dawson before her disappearance in 1982.
The mother-of-two vanished not long after Mr Dawson began a relationship with 16-year-old Joanne Curtis, who moved into the family home only days later. Mr Dawson did not report his wife missing to police for six weeks.
The case has faced renewed interest thanks to the podcast Teacher’s Pet from The Australian, which has achieved worldwide popularity.
Two separate inquests found that Mr Dawson murdered his wife, and recommended that he be charged. No charges have ever been laid due to a lack of concrete evidence, and Mr Dawson continues to maintain that he had nothing to do with the disappearance of his wife.
Nicholas Cowdery, who headed up the Director of Public Prosecutions at the time, told the ABC this week that he had good reason not to proceed with charges:
Without a body, without knowing first of all whether in fact she is dead, without knowing secondly if she is dead, how she died, it’s very hard to mount a case of a reasonable prospect of conviction just on motive and the undefined existence of means and opportunity. That makes it very weak.
We’ll keep you posted.