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Lynette Dawson’s daughter has broken her silence for the first time since her mother vanished 26 years ago, sparking one of the nation’s most enduring murder mysteries.
Shanelle Dawson was just four when her mother disappeared from Sydney’s northern beaches in 1982, never to be seen again.
Her father, Chris Dawson, was initially not a suspect in his wife’s disappearance but in recent times has become a person of interest.
‘If they do find my mother’s remains, then my father murdered my mum, and that’s inconceivable for my mind to fathom that that’s possible, really,’ Shanelle told Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes program.
‘I hope that they find what happened to my mum, however they need to do that.’
More than 35 years after her mother disappeared Shanelle Dawson (pictured) has broken her silence about what happened to her mother Lynnette Dawson
Lynette Simms, a nurse, married Christopher Dawson, a football player, and had two children with him. But in 1982 the mother disappeared – and she hasn’t been seen since (Pictured: Chris and Lyn Dawson pictured on their wedding day on March 26, 1970)
Shanelle said that she understands people’s anger when it comes to not knowing what had happened to her mother (Pictured: Lyn Dawson with Shanelle)
Shanelle also revealed police have new evidence about her mother’s disappearance.
‘Apparently the police have some new evidence, who knows what that is, I’m curious to find out though. It’s not looking good for my father, I will be honest to say,’ she said.
The 40-year-old said she understands people’s anger when it comes to not knowing what had happened to her mother.
Shanelle, now a mother herself, said there is still part of her ‘that really loves my dad, and feels protective of him.’
She said that Mr Dawson was a good father and said there was a side of him that was almost like a puppy.
Mrs Dawson disappeared on January 9, 1982.
Lynette Dawson’s daughter breaks her silence about her murder
Two days after Mrs Dawson vanished Mr Dawson’s teenager lover, Joanne Curtis, moved into their home (Pictured: Joanne Curtis with Mrs Dawson’s children Shanelle and Sherryn)
After Ms Curtis moved in it was almost as if their mother never existed – she was never mentioned by Mr Dawson or Ms Curtis and all photos of her in the house were taken down (Pictured: Ms Curtis with Shanelle and Sherryn)
Shanelle said she remembers looking out her front door as she waited for her mother to come back to the family home in Bayview.
She never turned up and Shanelle’s father had told her and her sister that Mrs Dawson had left them to join a religious organisation.
Two days later his schoolgirl lover, Joanne Curtis, moved into the home and Shanelle and her sister Sherryn were told she was their ‘real mum’.
It was almost as if their mother never existed – she was never mentioned by Mr Dawson or Ms Curtis and all photos of her in the house were taken down.
There was a six-week window between Mrs Dawson disappearing and Mr Dawson reporting her missing.
Mr Dawson denies having anything to do with his wife’s disappearance and has maintained his innocence.
Chris Dawson (pictured), now 70, has always maintained his innocence and said that he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance, and presumed murder
Shanelle is determined to honour her mother’s memory and her sister Sherryn has supported her father, saying that there is a witch hunt against him (Pictured: Chris and Lyn Dawson)
Shanelle said her last conversation with her father involved him looking her in the eye and said he never hurt his first wife.
However she is determined to honour her mother’s memory and pay tribute to her.
Shanelle’s sister Sherryn has always maintained her father’s innocence.
Earlier this year she told The Gold Coast Bulletin: ‘It’s a witch hunt on my dad.
‘My dad’s getting hounded because there’s all these people that have got it in for him.
‘Rather than focusing on perhaps that there could be someone else.’
The Director of Public Prosecutions has always said there is not enough evidence to go to trial.
There is a $200,000 reward for anyone who has information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Lyn Dawson’s killer.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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