Chris Dawson arrested and expected to be charged over wife's murder

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A former football star is expected to be charged with the murder of his wife in a case that became a popular crime mystery podcast.

An application for bail was refused by Queensland magistrate Dennis Kinsella and Dawson was taken into custody of NSW detectives. He will appear in Parramatta court on the December 6.

He'll face Southport Magistrates court later today, where he will likely be extradited to NSW to face charges.

The police have been criticised for not investigating Mrs Dawson's disappearance properly.

Paul Dawson applied for bail, promising to drive himself to Sydney for the court appearance.

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

Mother-of-two Lyn Dawson, was last seen on Sydney's northern beaches 36-years-ago.

Mr Dawson, 70, was arrested at Biggera Waters by detectives from Queensland Police Service's Homicide Squad.

This consisted of primarily witness statements, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.

Fuller said authorities have not located Dawson's body, and that finding her remains is "not crucial to finalising the matter", but maintained "we certainly won't give up on that search".

Dawson has always denied killing his wife, saying she abandoned the family on January 9 1982 to join a religious group.

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"I spoke to the family of Lynette Dawson this morning", he said.

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

In September investigators spent nearly a week digging up the Dawsons' former Bayview home but found no human remains and no significant clues.

He said media reports had contributed to officers gaining additional statements relating to the disappearance.

Teacher's Pet, which topped download charts around the world, uncovered two new witness statements police have indicated would be part of their brief of evidence.

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Police are reportedly looking into chartering their own flight to get Mr Dawson back to NSW.

Her brother, Greg Simms, said he was very emotional when told of Dawson's arrest.

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

For decades since Lynette Dawson went missing in Sydney's northern beaches, her family has believed that the case was mishandled and that the evidence pointed to her husband, Chris Dawson, who moved his teenage lover into the family home two days after his wife disappeared.

Nearly 40 years after Sydney mother Lynette Dawson disappeared, her husband spent his first night in police custody accused of her murder.

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Prior to his wife's disappearance, Chris Dawson and his twin brother Paul had been star players for the Newtown Jets rugby league club.