Homicide Squad Arrest Man on Gold Coast in Relation to Lynette Dawson Murder

A man was arrested at a house in the Gold Coast on Wednesday, December 5, as part of a police investigation into the disappearance of Sydney woman Lynette Dawson in 1982.

Dawson, then a 33-year-old mother-of-two, went missing on or around Saturday, January 9, 1982, according to NSW police.

Her body was never found by police. Her disappearance came under new scrutiny after the release of true crime podcast The Teacher’s Pet.

In 2015, Strike Force Scriven was established by police to re-open the investigation.

On September 17, 2018, police conducted a forensic dig at Dawson’s former home in Bayview in Sydney’s northern beaches.

After further investigations, Strike Force Scriven detectives requested a review of their brief of evidence by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). They then applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland, where they arrested a 70-year-old Coolum man from a home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast.

Police said the man was charged with an arrest warrant and appeared at Southport Magistrates Court on the same day as his arrest, where NSW detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to Sydney. He would not be extradited on Wednesday, according to ABC, due to concerns by some airlines about taking him as a passenger. He was expected to appear in Parramatta local court on Thursday. Credit: NSW Police Force via Storyful