Arrest in Australian cold case made famous by podcast

Former rugby player Chris Dawson arrested in cold case made famous by podcast

His lawyer made an application for bail, which was opposed by police.

Fresh statements from at least two witnesses led to Dawson's arrest on the Gold Coast on Wednesday following the disappearance of his wife.

Sydney couple Chris Dawson and Lyn Dawson (nee Simms) married in 1970 when they were both 21 years old.

Dawson is a former first grade rugby league player turned high school teacher.

He continues to maintain he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance.

Police allege Mr Dawson was in the process of divorce from his wife and he was having an "illicit affair".

He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court on Thursday afternoon.

Despite the fact Ms Dawson's body has not been found, investigators are confident of the strength of their case.

'That information enabled New South Wales Police to get an arrest warrant for a 70-year-old man now living in Queensland, ' Fuller said.

Mr Cowdery told the ABC's Australian Story the case against Mr Dawson was "weak" without a body.

Queensland Police confirmed to 10 daily a man was arrested on Wednesday on the Gold Coast.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller spoke with Ben Fordham following Wednesday's development.

He has said that she abandoned the family for a religious group, the BBC reported.

"Today is an important step forward in that".

A podcast "The Teacher's Pet" brought global attention to the case in 2018.

His family said they were "disappointed" at the decision of the DPP.

"There is clear and uncontested evidence that Lyn Dawson was alive long after she left Chris and their daughters", the statement said.

"We have no doubt whatsoever that Chris will be found not guilty as he is innocent".

In April NSW Police asked the Director of Public Prosecutions if there was enough evidence to charge Dawson.

Fuller said in a press conference that New South Wales' unsolved homicide squad began re-investigating Lynette Dawson's disappearance since 2015, but new interviews from the podcast "helped [them] tie pieces of the puzzles together".

Commissioner Fuller says they won't give up on trying to identify Lyn's whereabouts but locating her remains isn't crucial to finalising the matter.

"We have solved homicides before without identifying the body", Comm.

Two separate coronial investigations have been held into Ms Dawson's disappearance.

An application for a warrant was lodged after NSW Police received advice back from the DPP earlier this week.

"A team of dedicated detectives has been investigating this case over the past three years", he said in a statement.

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