Earlier this year, explosive Australian true crime podcast, The Teacher's Pet, was released, focused solely around the unsolved disappearance - and probable murder - of Sydney mother-of-two Lynette Dawson.
Produced by The Australian and hosted by the national chief correspondent Hedley Thomas, The Teacher's Pet fast became one of the most talked about podcasts worldwide because of the almost unbelievable story.
Just days after his wife's 1982 disappearance, Chris Dawson, a former rugby league star and PE teacher, moved his high school lover, Joanne Curtis, into the family home. 16-year-old Joanne would wear Lyn's clothes, sleep in her bed, and take over as the mother of Lyn's two young daughters.
Despite all of the compelling evidence pointing towards foul play, Lyn's disappearance wasn't investigated by police until years later. Two coroners later found that Lyn was murdered by a “known person”, but no charges were ever laid.
Now, following a huge public push, a forensic search has begun at the former home of Chris and Lyn Dawson in Bayview, NSW.
“In 2015, detectives from the Homicide Squad’s Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Scriven to reinvestigate the circumstances surrounding the 1982 disappearance and suspected murder of Northern Beaches wife and mother, Lynette Joy Dawson,” police said in a statement this morning, according to News.com.au.
“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 at Bayview.”