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

Lynette Dawson went missing in 1982. Pic NSW Police Force

An inquest in 2003 found that Chris Dawson, a former high school teacher and rugby league star, had engaged in sexual relationships with teenage students during his marriage.

The arrest comes after a huge spike in interest over the cold case due to the hugely popular local podcast The Teacher's Pet.

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.

It comes after detectives from the Homicide Squad's Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Scriven in 2015 to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Lynette's disappearance and suspected murder.

"I have said from the start, what is important to me was just as important for Lynette Dawson and her family", he said.

Ms Dawson's disappearance has been the subject of a popular podcast
Image Lynette Dawson's disappearance has been the subject of a popular podcast

Mr Fuller said detectives received additional evidence since asking the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to review their brief of evidence in April.

Australian police have arrested the husband of a Sydney woman whose disappearance in 1982 has become the subject of a popular crime podcast.

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

Dawson had always been a suspect after wife Lyn vanished from Sydney's northern beaches in January 1982.

Mr Dawson told Lynette's family that she needed time away, and he did not report her missing to police for nearly six weeks.

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Queensland police have confirmed that there has been an arrest on the Gold Coast, and the man will appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Ms Dawson's family was relieved after being told of the arrest.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, praised the work of Strike Force Scriven investigators.

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". No trace of Lynette Dawson has ever been found.

However, prosecutors have previously said there was insufficient evidence to lay charges.

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

Lyn's family has been advised of the arrest and have since requested privacy.

Mrs Dawson's brother, Greg Simms, said he was "ecstatic" about the development.

"We've had a cry, we've cuddled, we're just completely over the moon that something has finally happened".

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