After Podcast Revisits Woman's Disappearance, Cops Do Too

Police are searching for the remains of Lynette Dawson
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2018 4:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The disappearance of an Australian mother more than 35 years ago is getting renewed attention thanks to the case being featured on a popular true crime podcast. Police in New South Wales on Wednesday began what they say will be a five-day forensic search of the former home of Lynette and Chris Dawson, the BBC reports. Lynette disappeared in 1982 when she was 33 years old, leaving behind two young daughters, per CNN. Her husband has long been suspected in her disappearance. In August, the Australian newspaper released "Teacher's Pet: The Unsolved Murder of Lyn Dawson," a 14-episode podcast that takes a deep dive into the case.

Right before Lynette Dawson disappeared, her husband, a former rugby player and teacher, moved one of his 16-year-old students into the family home. He was reportedly in a sexual relationship with the girl (they later married but are now separated). Two coronial inquests found that he had killed his wife; however, prosecutors at the time said there was not enough evidence to implicate him, 9News reports. Chris Dawson denied having anything to do with his wife's disappearance, saying that she left of her own volition, possibly for a religious group. In recent months, authorities have "found a lot more evidence," police official Scott Cook told reporters Wednesday, per Stuff. And, while police have investigated the couple's former home before, this time will be more extensive and involve newer technologies, Cook says, adding that investigators will dig "until we hit rock." (Read more podcast stories.)

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