Chris Dawson charged with wife's murder

A Current Affair confronts Chris Dawson on the Gold Coast

Mr Dawson would be charged with murder by NSW police, and bail was opposed by Queensland police because of the seriousness of the alleged offence, the court heard.

Just before 8am (local time) on Wednesday, Dawson was arrested by Queensland Police detectives in the presence of Strike Force Scriven investigators at Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast.

The mystery case gained global media attention and a cult following, with The Teacher's Pet podcast trending internationally and attracting 27 million listeners around the world.

From The Australian, the podcast began in May of this year and centres on the unsolved disappearance of Northern Beaches mum Lyn Dawson in 1982.

Chris Dawson, has always been a suspect in the case but the former Newtown Jets rugby league player denies any involvement in her disappearance.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Ms Dawson's family was relieved after being told of the arrest.

"They were predominantly statements from witnesses that helped us to pieces of the puzzle is together", he said.

"Ideally, in this case we will not give up on trying to identify the whereabouts of Lynette Dawson but, from our perspective, it is not crucial to finalising the matter".

Speaking to Studio 10 on Wednesday, Lynette Dawson's brother Greg Simms revealed his family was "over the moon" about the arrest.

Magistrate Dennis Kinsella denied Mr Dawson's bail application, saying he was an unacceptable risk of failing to appear.

Police press conference regarding the arrest of Chris Dawson
Police press conference regarding the arrest of Chris Dawson

"A team of dedicated detectives has been investigating this case over the past three years", Det.

The family of Chris Dawson has released a statement, defending him.

Despite two coronial inquests recommending Chris be prosecuted for murder, the DPP stated at the time there was insufficient evidence to lay charges.

The duty lawyer told the court he was willing to surrender his passport and live with a brother in NSW.

"We have sold homicide before without identifying the body", he continued.

NSW Police and Forensic Services search the former home of missing woman Lynette Dawson, at Bayview on the northern beaches, in Sydney.

"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".

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

"For it to finally happen it nearly doesn't seem real yet to me".

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