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"Just before 8am today (Wednesday 5 December 2018), a 70-year-old Coolum man was arrested by detectives from the Queensland Police Service's Homicide Squad in the presence of Strive Force Scriven investigators at Biggera Waters, on the Gold Coast, in Queensland".

'That information enabled New South Wales Police to get an arrest warrant for a 70-year-old man now living in Queensland, ' Fuller said.

In recent months it has captivated the world after The Australian's investigative podcast series The Teacher's Pet, for which reporter Hedley Thomas and producer Slade Gibson won the Gold Walkley, Australian journalism's highest honour.

A podcast about the disappearance of a young mother in Sydney 36 years ago has led to the arrest of her husband after new witnesses came forward with fresh evidence about the case.

Joanne Curtis, who was student of Dawson's at Cromer High where he taught PE, moved into the family home just days after Lyn vanished.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller spoke with Ben Fordham following Wednesday's development.

He has always denied any involvement with his wife's death and his family said in a statement they expected him to be found not guilty.

Police arrested Mr Dawson in Queensland and said he would be extradited to NSW.

He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court on Thursday afternoon.

Following extensive investigations, detectives requested the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions review their brief of evidence in April this year.

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Dawson continues to maintain his innocence.

Two inquests in 2001 and 2003 found that Mrs Dawson, then 33, was murdered by a 'known person'.

He has said that she abandoned the family for a religious group, the BBC reported.

Police allege Mr Dawson was in the process of divorce from his wife and he was having an "illicit affair".

In 2015, New South Wales Police's Strike Force Striven was established to reinvestigate the case.

"There was additional evidence that was identified and that has seen the DPP make a positive decision in prosecuting an individual for the murder of Lynette Dawson", Mr Fuller said.

The journalists investigated the unsolved case and revealed details about Chris and Lyn Dawson's relationship before she went missing.

"We have solved homicides before without identifying the body", Comm.

Cook said the two additional witnesses interviewed as a result of the podcast were "not crucial, but they are corroborative".

"I'm the happiest man alive today, and if Lynette is up there looking down, she'd be smiling at us", he told News Corp Australia.


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