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Basmah Qazi

The Chris Dawson relative that went missing 22 years before wife Lynette

The Chris Dawson relative that went missing 22 years before wife Lynette

New information on the Chris Dawson case has come to light, after it was revealed that the alleged murderer’s close relative went missing in the same circumstances as his former wife Lynette.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, his older brother Peter Dawson shared how his former mother-in-law walked out on her three children 60 years ago while living in Sydney.

It was after his first wife went back to investigate her family tree did she discover that her mother Marcia had travelled to New Zealand, remarried and then ultimately passed away in 2002.

The inquiry, which is currently being handled by NSW homicide detectives, interviewed the woman last week, as they try to put together the pieces of the Lynette Dawson murder.

The information emerged just as Chris, 70, was preparing to appear at Sydney’s Central Local Court yesterday after being charged with the murder of Lynette.

According to police, Lynette, who was 33 at the time, was murdered by her husband on the same night she disappeared.

Chris has been charged with murdering the former nurse between 9 pm on January 8, 1982, and 7 am on January 9, 1982.

But despite the allegations, the former rugby player and sports teacher claims that his ex-wife walked out on him and his two daughters, Shanelle and Sherryn, on Saturday January 9.

Though, after the incident occurred it didn’t take long for Chris to invite his 16-year-old mistress to live with him in his Bayview home.

According to his lawyer Greg Walsh, Chris will be pleading not guilty to the heinous crime and “strongly asserts his innocence".

Marcia’s disappearance has nothing to do with Chris. But Mr Walsh is using the newly surfaced information to his advantage as he claims that if Peter Dawson’s mother-in-law could disappear for an extended period of time, so could Lynette. Claiming that “it does happen".

“It’s happened before,” he said.

Peter, 72, said the disappearance of his mother-in-law was a story that was known throughout this family, and his ex-wife and Lynette had a close relationship.

The former barrister now solicitor said his first wife’s parents had split up, and she made regular visits along with her brother and sister to their mother in a boarding house at Narwee, NSW.

But in 1960, when she was only nine years old, his first wife knocked on the door and was told her mother had left.

“She never heard from her again,” said Peter.

“She did not contact her family, did not contact the kids, did not contact her husband.”

Peter believed Lynette may have also travelled to New Zealand, as at the time, no passport or visa was required to travel to and from the country.

“We don’t know where Lyn is. I hope she is living happily somewhere in the world,” he said.