Police reveal where they think Lynette Dawson is buried

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Just days after being found guilty of murdering his wife, police sources have revealed they may know where Christopher Dawson buried his wife, Lynette.

Following a five-hour-long judgement on Tuesday, Justice Ian Harrison concluded that Lynette Dawson died as a result of a "conscious or voluntary act" committed by Dawson.

While the verdict put Dawson behind bars for the death of Ms Dawson, which presumably happened sometime in January 1982, one mystery remains unsolved: Her body has never been found.

Back in 2018, police searched the couple's Bayview home, on Sydney’s northern beaches, to rule out whether her body was buried there.

Now police have a theory that Ms Dawson may be buried on the NSW Central Coast.

Chris Dawson (left) arrives at the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney, Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
Chris Dawson was found guilty of murdering his wife Lynette who disappeared in 1982. Source: AAP

The theory suggests Ms Dawson was killed on January 8, after she spoke with her mother. Dawson then hid her body in their home and on January 9, he travelled to the Central Coast.

"The challenge with that is that there is no physical evidence to point in any direction," a police source told The Daily Telegraph.

"The problem is that there is a lot of regional bush area between their home and when he went up the coast."

The source admitted there was no way for police to search the bush area where Ms Dawson may be buried, given it is so vast.

Justice Harrison concluded the couple's two daughters were being looked after by Ms Dawson's mother on January 9 and no one knows what he did that night.

Police believe Chris Dawson may have buried Lynette somewhere in the Central Coast. Source: Google Maps
Police believe Chris Dawson may have buried Lynette somewhere in the Central Coast. Source: Google Maps

Investigation 'not over'

Following the guilty verdict, Homicide Squad commander Danny Doherty said despite the welcome conviction, the investigation was not over.

"Our efforts and inquiries to find Lyn's remains are ongoing, and we once again urge anyone with information which may assist us to get in touch," he said in a statement on Thursday.

"After a journey of more than 40 years, we hope to give Lyn's family the chance to say goodbye."

Outside the courtroom on Tuesday, Ms Dawson's family appealed to Dawson to do the right thing.

"This is a milestone in our journey, however, she is still missing," Ms Dawson's brother Greg Simms said.

Chris and Lynette Dawson on their wedding day. Source: ABC
Chris and Lynette Dawson on their wedding day. Source: ABC

"We would ask Chris Dawson to find it in himself to do the decent thing and allow us to put Lyn to rest."

Ms Dawson's niece Renee Simms said the family had not celebrated the verdict, though they did a toast to her aunt's life.

"I don't think that any of us took any joy in seeing Chris Dawson taken off in handcuffs. That's not something that is enjoyable for us to have seen," she said.

"There's no real winners here."

Dawson's lawyer Greg Walsh has already hinted there may be an appeal.

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