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'If they find her it will vindicate everything we’ve been through': Lyn Dawson’s family break their silence as heartbreaking search for the truth leads police back to the house she shared with husband Chris

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Lynette Dawson's family have broken their silence about the heartbreaking search for the truth. 

Mrs Dawson disappeared in 1982 and her body has never been found in one of the most baffling cold cases in Australia's history.

She vanished just a year after her husband Chris Dawson began having an affair with his 16-year-old student Joanne Curtis. 

a man sitting on a bench: Chris and Lyn Dawson with their daughter Shanelle. Lyn has been missing since January 1982 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chris and Lyn Dawson with their daughter Shanelle. Lyn has been missing since January 1982 The house is where Mrs Dawson is last known to have been alive and where many believe the mother-of-two has been buried for the past 36 years.

Mrs Dawson's heartbroken brother, Greg Simms, is hoping the search teams find his sister despite the devastation and relief it would all bring. 

'If they find Lyn then we've got the killer, and we've got her so we can put her to rest,' Mr Simms told The Australian. 

' a close up of a man: Chris and Lyn Dawson pictured on their wedding day on March 26, 1970. Mr Dawson would go on to marry his teen lover Joanne Curtis in 1984 and is now onto his third marriage with Sue © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chris and Lyn Dawson pictured on their wedding day on March 26, 1970. Mr Dawson would go on to marry his teen lover Joanne Curtis in 1984 and is now onto his third marriage with Sue Anything they find will vindicate everything we have been doing.'

Mrs Dawson's cousin, Wendy Jennings, also hopes the police have got it right this time round explaining the situation as a 'rollercoaster' for the last 36 years.

'I just hope they've got it right and that they will go to any lengths they need to go to,' she told the publication. 

a man wearing a hat: Chris Dawson, now 70, lives at Mt Coolum on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. He has always denied any involvement in his first wife Lyn's 1982 disappearance and presumed murder

Chris Dawson, now 70, lives at Mt Coolum on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. He has always denied any involvement in his first wife Lyn's 1982 disappearance and presumed murder
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Police announced on Wednesday they had begun searching a property in Bayview on Sydney's Northern Beaches. 

'As part of their ongoing commitment to providing answers to her family, Strike Force Scriven detectives have commenced a forensic search at Mrs Dawson's former home,' NSW Police said in a statement on Wednesday.

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

a group of people posing for the camera: The former football star and PE teacher from Sydney's northern beaches, Chris Dawson (left) has never been charged with any offence and his wife's body has never been found © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The former football star and PE teacher from Sydney's northern beaches, Chris Dawson (left) has never been charged with any offence and his wife's body has never been found For several months, listeners around the world have been transfixed by a podcast which revisits the disappearance of Lyn Dawson and strongly suggests her husband Chris Dawson murdered the 33-year-old.

The Teacher's Pet, produced by The Australian newspaper, has been downloaded more than 17million times and last month hit No 1 on the iTunes podcast charts in Australia, the United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.

The podcast examines the Dawsons' marriage and Chris' affair with his student.

It also looks at the footballer's intensely close relationship with his twin brother, a fellow teacher and Newtown Jets player.

It has exposed a network of teachers having sex with students at northern beaches high schools in the 1970s and 1980s, revealed initially flawed police processes and raised questions of why a mother would abandon two daughters she clearly loved.

But mostly, the podcast has left its audience wondering how Chris, now 70, has until recently been able to live peacefully with his third wife in Queensland despite two coroners having recommended he be prosecuted for murder.

WHAT HAPPENED TO MOTHER-OF-TWO LYNETTE JOY DAWSON?

1970: Lynette Joy Simms marries footballer Christopher Michael Dawson. They are both 21 and later have two daughters, first Shanelle and then Sherryn

1980: Mr Dawson, who retired from playing rugby league to become a PE teacher, starts affair with 16-year-old pupil Joanne Curtis at Cromer High School on Sydney's northern beaches

1981: Mr Dawson persuades Mrs Dawson to let Joanne move in to their home to get away from her violent stepfather and finish her Higher School Certificate

December 1981: Mr Dawson and his young lover run away together to Queensland but Ms Curtis changes her mind and they return to Sydney

January 8, 1982: Mrs and Mrs Dawson go to marriage counselling. Mrs Dawson's mother speaks to her daughter, who is not a big drinker, on the telephone and thinks she sounds 'sozzled'.

January 9, 1982: Mr Dawson says he dropped his wife at a Mona Vale bus stop so she could go shopping at Chatswood. Mrs Dawson fails to turn up to meet her mother, husband and children at Northbridge Baths. Mr Dawson says his wife rang him and said she needed some time to herself

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

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

1990: Mr Dawson and Joanne split up. She moves back to Sydney and urges police to search his old garden for a body

2000: Mrs Dawson's pink cardigan is found during a police dig on the family's former property at Bayview

2001 and 2003: Two coroners find that Mrs Dawson was murdered by a 'known person' - Chris Dawson - but he is not charged with any offence

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

2018: Police prepare another brief for the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions. The Australian launches its podcast, The Teacher's Pet, about the case

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