Homicide Detectives Start $ 2.4M Forensic Search of Lynette Dawson

The old house of the Dawson family on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview. A pink cardigan that had belonged to Lyn Dawson was found when the police searched an area near the pool

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Lyn Dawson has taken another turn when detectives begin a $ 2.4 million home search.

Ms. Dawson disappeared in 1982 and her body was never found.

Police announced on Wednesday that they began registering their property in Bayview on the beaches north of Sydney.

"As part of their ongoing commitment to providing answers to their family, Strike Force Scriven detectives have begun a forensic search of Mrs. Dawson's former home," New South Wales police said in a statement.

The house is where it is known that Mrs. Dawson was alive and where many believe that the mother of two has been buried for the past 36 years.

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The old house of the Dawson family on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview. A pink cardigan that had belonged to Lyn Dawson was found when the police searched an area near the pool

The old house of the Dawson family on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview. A pink cardigan that had belonged to Lyn Dawson was found when the police searched an area near the pool

The old house of Chris and Lyn Dawson on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, as it is today. The police visited the property in search of forensic evidence in 1990, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2015 and 2016

The old house of Chris and Lyn Dawson on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, as it is today. The police visited the property in search of forensic evidence in 1990, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2015 and 2016

The old house of Chris and Lyn Dawson on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, as it is today. The police visited the property in search of forensic evidence in 1990, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2015 and 2016

Chris Dawson, now 70, lives in Mt Coolum on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. He has always denied any involvement in the disappearance of his first wife Lyn 1982 and alleged murder

Chris Dawson, now 70, lives in Mt Coolum on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. He has always denied any involvement in the disappearance of his first wife Lyn 1982 and alleged murder

Chris Dawson, now 70, lives in Mt Coolum on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. He has always denied any involvement in the disappearance of his first wife Lyn 1982 and alleged murder

Joanne Curtis (center) with Shanelle and Sherryn, her school lover, the children of Chris Dawson. Ms. Curtis takes care of the girls and then became her stepmother when she married Chris

Joanne Curtis (center) with Shanelle and Sherryn, her school lover, the children of Chris Dawson. Ms. Curtis takes care of the girls and then became her stepmother when she married Chris

Joanne Curtis (center) with Shanelle and Sherryn, her school lover, the children of Chris Dawson. Ms. Curtis takes care of the girls and then became her stepmother when she married Chris

"In 2015, detectives from the Unconflicted Homicide Unit of the Homicide Squad established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding the 1982 disappearance and the alleged murder of the wife and mother of Northern Beaches, Lynette Joy Dawson. "said the police.

For several months, listeners around the world have been paralyzed by a podcast that recalls the disappearance of Mrs. Dawson and strongly suggests that her husband murdered the 33-year-old woman.

The Teacher's Pet, produced by The Australian newspaper, has been downloaded more than 17 million times and last month reached number 1 on iTunes podcast lists in Australia, the United States, Great Britain, Canada and New Zealand.

The podcast examines Dawson's marriage and Chris Dawson's romance with his student. He also discusses the intensely close relationship of the footballer with his twin brother, fellow teacher and Newtown Jets player.

He exposed a network of teachers who have sex with students in secondary schools on the northern beaches in the 1970s and 1980s, revealed initially defective police processes and raised questions about why a mother would abandon two daughters she loved clearly.

But he has mainly left his audience wondering how Chris Dawson, now 70, until recently has been able to live in peace with his third wife in Queensland despite the fact that two forensic experts recommended that he be tried for murder.

Chris and Lyn Dawson pictured on their wedding day on March 26, 1970. Mr. Dawson would marry his teenage lover Joanne Curtis in 1984 and is now in his third marriage with Sue.

Chris and Lyn Dawson pictured on their wedding day on March 26, 1970. Mr. Dawson would marry his teenage lover Joanne Curtis in 1984 and is now in his third marriage with Sue.

Chris and Lyn Dawson pictured on their wedding day on March 26, 1970. Mr. Dawson would marry his teenage lover Joanne Curtis in 1984 and is now in his third marriage with Sue.

The property, once owned by Chris and Lyn Dawson at Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, was last negotiated for $ 2.4 million. The outdoor living room in the photo above looks out to the pool

The property, once owned by Chris and Lyn Dawson at Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, was last negotiated for $ 2.4 million. The outdoor living room in the photo above looks out to the pool

The property, once owned by Chris and Lyn Dawson at Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, was last negotiated for $ 2.4 million. The outdoor living room in the photo above looks out to the pool

The whole story is centered, and perhaps will conclude, on land that Chris and Lyn Dawson bought in Bayview, about 30 km north of the central business district of Sydney, in 1976.

The Dawsons chose the land on Gilwinga Drive almost at the same time that Paul and his wife Marilyn bought on the same street. Both couples used the same builder to build impressive houses.

Chris Dawson became a physical education teacher at Cromer High School in 1979 when Joanne Curtis was a student in Year 10. The following year he became his teacher and confidant.

Joanne soon became a nanny for the Dawson's two daughters, Shanelle and Sherryn, often spending the night at her house.

Chris Dawson was 32 when he started having sex with the 16-year-old boy.

Lyn Dawson was a devoted mother whose family says she would never have left her two children. She is photographed here with her daughter Shanelle, who was four years old when the nurse disappeared

Lyn Dawson was a devoted mother whose family says she would never have left her two children. She is photographed here with her daughter Shanelle, who was four years old when the nurse disappeared

Lyn Dawson was a devoted mother whose family says she would never have left her two children. She is photographed here with her daughter Shanelle, who was four years old when the nurse disappeared

Chris and Paul Dawson lived only a few hundred meters from each other on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, in the early and mid-80s. The brothers have lived close to each other all their lives

Chris and Paul Dawson lived only a few hundred meters from each other on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, in the early and mid-80s. The brothers have lived close to each other all their lives

Chris and Paul Dawson lived only a few hundred meters from each other on Gilwinga Drive, Bayview, in the early and mid-80s. The brothers have lived close to each other all their lives

Joanne, who had a troublesome domestic life with a violent stepfather, told police that in October 1981, while studying to obtain her High School Certificate, Chris Dawson invited her to move into her family's home.

"It was clear that Lynette did not think having me there was good for her relationship," Joanne told police 16 years later.

Despite that discomfort, Joanne told the police that Ms. Dawson treated her "really well … made me feel welcome".

In 2003, Joanne told a coroner that while she lived under the roof of the Dawson family, her older lover would end the trust of his wife.

"She was very cold and used to sing songs that had a double meaning, that she did not care and that she was not physically attractive," she said.

Only digging towards her. Just singing songs that were going to tire her out, it just bothered her.

The same coroner heard that Chris would provide alcohol to Lyn, who did not drink regularly, and that she would have sex with Joanne when his wife fell asleep.

School teacher Chris Dawson used to have sex with his former student Joanne Curtis once his wife Lyn had gone to bed. In the photo is your old family home in Bayview in North Sydney

School teacher Chris Dawson used to have sex with his former student Joanne Curtis once his wife Lyn had gone to bed. In the photo is your old family home in Bayview in North Sydney

School teacher Chris Dawson used to have sex with his former student Joanne Curtis once his wife Lyn had gone to bed. In the photo is your old family home in Bayview in North Sydney

Christopher Dawson's teenage lover, Joanne Curtis, plays with her daughters Shanelle and Sherryn

Christopher Dawson's teenage lover, Joanne Curtis, plays with her daughters Shanelle and Sherryn

Christopher Dawson's teenage lover, Joanne Curtis, plays with her daughters Shanelle and Sherryn

Joanne told police in 1998 that Lyn Dawson initially did not express concerns about the schoolgirl who lived with her family.

"He did not tell me anything," Joanne told Detective Sergeant Damon Loone. I just believed what he said. If he said that everything was fine, everything was fine, it was fine, in my opinion.

& # 39; Well, I did not have an opinion. I just did what he said. Trust him. & # 39;

Joanne said in the same interview that Paul and Marilyn Dawson were aware of their relationship with Chris.

Around November Chris and Joanne even considered moving to their own apartment, with Chris depositing a deposit in a unit in North Manly.

It is unclear how much Lynn Dawson knew about her husband's relationship with Joanne, but a month after the new agreement her suspicions were seriously aroused.

This aerial shot shows the size of the former property of Chris and Lyn Dawson at Gilwinga Drive in Bayview. It has been searched several times since 1990. The house is in the process of being renovated

This aerial shot shows the size of the former property of Chris and Lyn Dawson at Gilwinga Drive in Bayview. It has been searched several times since 1990. The house is in the process of being renovated

This aerial shot shows the size of the former property of Chris and Lyn Dawson at Gilwinga Drive in Bayview. It has been searched several times since 1990. The house is in the process of being renovated

Lyn Dawson's favorite pink cardigan (pictured) was found when police conducted a small dig in the house of the former Dawson family in Bayview in 2000. The cardigan was found near the pool

Lyn Dawson's favorite pink cardigan (pictured) was found when police conducted a small dig in the house of the former Dawson family in Bayview in 2000. The cardigan was found near the pool

Lyn Dawson's favorite pink cardigan (pictured) was found when police conducted a small dig in the house of the former Dawson family in Bayview in 2000. The cardigan was found near the pool

Chris was admitted to the hospital from November 2 to 6 for a nose job and asked his wife not to visit him, but his mother did. He found Chris alone with Joanne.

"Lyn confronted me … and told me:" You've been taking liberties with my husband, "Joanne told a coroner in 2003." I did not know what to say. "

The schoolgirl moved with Paul and Marilyn Dawson and their three daughters several hundred meters away, but that arrangement did not last either.

On December 23, the teacher and her now ex-student started driving to Queensland, but Joanne got sick near Murwillumbah just south of the border and the couple returned.

The coroner heard in 2003 that the couple went to Paul and Marilyn's house and then spent Christmas Eve sleeping in the gymnasium at Forest High School, where Paul taught.

Chris Dawson then returned with his wife and the couple arranged marriage counseling.

A team from A Current Affair faces Chris (right) and Paul Dawson last month

A team from A Current Affair faces Chris (right) and Paul Dawson last month

A team from A Current Affair faces Chris (right) and Paul Dawson last month

In early January 1982, Joanne joined family and friends on a vacation in the South West Rocks on the north coast of New South Wales.

He was still there when Lyn could not meet her mother, husband and children in Northbridge Baths, where Chris worked casually as a lifeguard, on January 9.

Two days later, Joanne moved into Dawson's house and became a teenage mother of Shanelle, a four-year-old girl, and Sherryn, two years old.

Lynn Dawson, 33, has not been seen since.

I tried to leave several times because I did not want to, I did not want to be in that situation with him.

"I had what I wanted," Joanne then told the police. "That was what he wanted, that was his, his goal was to have me and have children, have the house and not have Lyn … I was euphoric, as far as I was concerned".

At 17, Joanne slept on the side of the missing woman's bed and wore Lyn's jewelry and some of her clothes, but she never felt comfortable with the relationship.

"I tried to leave several times because I did not want to, I did not want to be in that situation with him," Joanne told police.

I did not want to have a relationship with him. I wanted to get away … because I was just a child. "

The couple married at home on Gilwinga Drive with Paul and Marilyn as witnesses on January 15, 1984. She was 35 years old and she was 19 years old.

WHAT HAPPENED TO MOTHER OF TWO LYNETTE JOY DAWSON?

1970: Lynette Joy Simms marries the soccer player Christopher Michael Dawson. Both are 21 years old and then have two daughters, first Shanelle and then Sherryn

1980: Dawson, who retired from the rugby league to become a physical education teacher, starts an adventure with 16-year-old Joanne Curtis at Cromer High School on the beaches of North Sydney.

1981: Dawson persuades Mrs. Dawson to let Joanne move into her home to get away from her violent stepfather and finish her High School Certificate

December 1981: Dawson and his young lover escape together to Queensland, but Mrs. Curtis changes her mind and they return to Sydney.

January 8, 1982: Mrs. and Mrs. Dawson go to marriage counseling. Ms. Dawson's mother speaks on the phone with her daughter, who is not a heavy drinker, and thinks she sounds "dazed".

January 9, 1982: Dawson says he left his wife at the Mona Vale bus stop to go shopping in Chatswood. Mrs. Dawson does not get to know her mother, husband and children in Northbridge Baths. Dawson says his wife called him and said he needed time for herself

January 10 or 11, 1982: Dawson picks up Joanne from South West Rocks, on the north coast of NSW, and she moves into his house. He reports that his wife disappeared six weeks later.

1983-85: Dawson divorces his missing wife and marries Joanne. Newlyweds move to Queensland, where Joanne has the couple's daughter, Kristen

1990: Mr. Dawson and Joanne split up. She returns to Sydney and urges the police to search her old garden for a body

2000: Ms. Dawson's pink knit jacket is found during a police dig at the former family property in Bayview

2001 and 2003: Two forensics discover that Ms. Dawson was killed by a "known person", Chris Dawson, but is not charged with any crime

2006: An episode of the British television series Antiques Roadshow is filmed in Padstow, Cornwall. Dawson later claims that a woman seen in the background of the episode could be his missing wife

2018: The police prepare another report for the Director of Public Prosecutions of New South Wales. The Australian releases his podcast, The Teacher & # 39; s Pet, on the case

"In the end I just said yes, just to shut him up, you know, because he stayed, he was very persuasive, and very, you know, because of the situation we were in," Joanne told police.

"I was in that position of trust and that's why I trusted him because, you know, he told me:" I'll take care of these things, and I'll take care of you. "

He was in that position of trust, so I trusted him because, you know, he told me, "I'll take care of these things and take care of you."

The new & # 39; family & # 39; He lived like this until Chris Dawson sold the house in December of 1984 and the couple moved to Queensland, where Joanne gave birth to their daughter Kristen.

Joanne told police that her relationship with Chris continued to deteriorate. He began to sing derogatory songs about her as he did with his first wife.

The marriage ended in 1990 when Joanne returned to Sydney to start over.

For the past eight years, the police had treated Lyn Dawson as a fugitive wife, but then Joanne expressed concern about the demise of her predecessor and suggested that they search the Gilwinga Drive pool.

Joanne Curtis, photographed on the beaches of North Sydney last week. Ms. Curtis lives not far from her daughter Kristen and has not had another relationship since leaving Chris Dawson in 1990.

Joanne Curtis, photographed on the beaches of North Sydney last week. Ms. Curtis lives not far from her daughter Kristen and has not had another relationship since leaving Chris Dawson in 1990.

Joanne Curtis, photographed on the beaches of North Sydney last week. Ms. Curtis lives not far from her daughter Kristen and has not had another relationship since leaving Chris Dawson in 1990.

The researchers ran the ground penetration radar on part of the property near the pool, but did not break the ground.

A decade later, in 2000, police under the direction of Ms. Curtis dug up a small area near the pool where a disturbance had been detected on the ground and found the remains of Lyn's favorite cardigan.

The cardigan, which had been separated into panels, appeared to have been pierced with a knife in a manner consistent with the stabbing.

By the time the cardigan was found, a subsequent owner extended the house over what has been described as soft or loose ground adjacent to the two Dawson girls' rooms.

Police have returned to the site to excavate and re-use ground-penetrating radar as part of the new unresolved Homicide Unit investigation that began in 2015.

Some relatives and friends of Lyn Dawson, as well as others familiar with the property, are convinced that she is buried there.

The New South Wales Police Commissioner, Mick Fuller, revealed in July that an expert on burial sites had mapped the entire block on Gilwinga Drive.

In 1990, a pink cardigan was found believed to belong to Lyn Dawson.

In 1990, a pink cardigan was found believed to belong to Lyn Dawson.

In 1990, a pink cardigan was found believed to belong to Lyn Dawson.

Chris Dawson's old house in Bayview is only 300 meters from the Kuring-Gai Chase National Park

Chris Dawson's old house in Bayview is only 300 meters from the Kuring-Gai Chase National Park

Chris Dawson's old house in Bayview is only 300 meters from the Kuring-Gai Chase National Park

"The work that has been going on in recent years has been extraordinary," Fuller told Miranda Devine's Daily Tele Live. "We used a ground penetration radar in 1990, 91, 99 and 2016.

"We dug in 2000 and 2016. We had an expert on funeral sites come to map the entire block in 2015. We have also had corpse dogs there."

Fuller also told Ben Fordham of 2GB in July that the police were prepared to do more digging on the property. "Needless to say," he said.

& # 39; Do we have to do more on the site? If the answer is yes, we will do it absolutely. "

The 4,167 m 2 property has had several owners since Lyn Dawson disappeared. It changed hands in March of last year for $ 2,400,000, having sold for $ 1,150,000 in February 2000.

Forensics discovered in 2001 and 2003 that Lyn Dawson had been murdered and recommended that Chris Dawson be prosecuted for that crime. He has always denied any wrongdoing.

There is a $ 200,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lyn Dawson's killer. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.

Part of the shaded area of ‚Äč‚Äčthis floor plan of the Dawson house covers later additions to the building and a section of what was once a soft or loose floor that has been covered with concrete

Chris and Lyn Dawson on their wedding day

Chris and Lyn Dawson on their wedding day

Lyn Dawson with her daughter Shanelle

Lyn Dawson with her daughter Shanelle

Chris and Lyn Dawson on their wedding day (left) and Lyn with their daughter Shanelle (right)

Chris and Lyn Dawson with their daughter Shanelle. Lyn has been missing since January 1982

Chris and Lyn Dawson with their daughter Shanelle. Lyn has been missing since January 1982

Chris and Lyn Dawson with their daughter Shanelle. Lyn has been missing since January 1982

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