Husband of missing woman Lynette Dawson arrested on the Gold Coast

Sydney couple Chris Dawson and Lyn Dawson married in 1970 when they were both 21 years old. Image The Teacher's Pet

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

Some of the additional material surfaced as a result of The Australian newspaper's investigative podcast The Teacher's Pet.

Dawson, a Newtown rugby league player in the early 1970s, has always been a suspect in the case but denies any involvement in his wife's disappearance.

Speaking on Studio 10 on Wednesday, Lyn's brother Greg Simms - the first of her family to be contacted by police today- said the family were "over the moon" about the arrest.

Chris Dawson, 70, will be extradited to New South Wales today, following his arrest yesterday on the Gold Coast, to face charges over the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson.

An undated photo of Lynette Dawson, who was last seen in January, 1982.

"She was trying to prepare herself but nothing prepares you for this", McNally said.

Just a few days later, he moved his schoolgirl lover into the family home.

It was revealed that Chris Dawson went "quietly" with police following his arrest this morning, and that no new evidence was found during the September dig at the Bayview property.

Dawson's case was reopened in 2015 when detectives from the homicide squad's unsolved homicide unit began reinvestigating the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and suspected murder.

Police at the former home of Lynette Dawson in Bayview. Image AAP
Police at the former home of Lynette Dawson in Bayview. Image AAP

Mr Fuller on Wednesday declared "we certainly won't give up on that search" for Mrs Dawson's remains. He held his head in his hands while the allegations against him were read out.

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

Chris Dawson will be extradited to NSW over the suspected murder of his wife, Lynette, who disappeared from their Sydney home almost 37 years ago.

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

In a statement, the Dawson family said it was disappointed.

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

He said detectives had revisited the case three years ago and a "fresh brief" of evidence led to the arrest.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, also praised the work of Strike Force Scriven investigators who have worked tirelessly to uncover the truth behind the cold case.

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

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

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