Rel­a­tive went miss­ing in eerily sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - JANET FIFE-YEOMANS

ONE of Chris Daw­son’s close rel­a­tives went miss­ing in eerily sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances to his wife Lynette.

His older brother Pe­ter Daw­son has told News Corp that his for­mer mother-in-law walked out on her three chil­dren in Syd­ney 60 years ago.

He said his ex-wife had re- cently dis­cov­ered her mother Mar­cia fled to New Zealand, re­mar­ried and died in 2002.

NSW homi­cide de­tec­tives, who formed a strike force in 2015 to rein­ves­ti­gate the cold case of the al­leged mur­der of Lynette Daw­son, last week in­ter­viewed the woman, who asked not to be named.

The bizarre co­in­ci­dences emerged as Chris Daw­son, 70, ap­peared at Syd­ney’s Cen­tral Lo­cal Court af­ter be­ing charged yes­ter­day morn­ing with the mur­der of Lynette.

Mr Walsh said the fact that Pe­ter Daw­son’s for­mer mother-in-law dis­ap­peared for all that time showed that “it does hap­pen”. There is no sug­ges­tion that Chris Daw­son had any­thing to do with Mar­cia’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

Pe­ter Daw­son, 72, said the story of his first wife’s mother was well known in their fam­ily and that his first wife and Lynette had been close.

Mr Daw­son said his first wife’s par­ents had split up and she along with her brother and sis­ter used to visit their mother Mar­cia who was liv­ing in a board­ing house at Nar­wee.

About 1960, when she was aged nine, his first wife knocked on the door of the board­ing house and was told her mother had gone.

“She never heard from her again,” he said. “She did not con­tact her fam­ily, did not con­tact the kids, did not con­tact her hus­band.”

He said a miss­ing per­sons re­port was lodged but 60 years ago pass­ports nor visas were needed for New Zealand.

He said his first wife was still com­ing to terms with the fact her mother had de­serted them and that she wanted to go to New Zealand to find out what she could about her. He said that his for­mer mother-in­law’s hus­band had ob­tained a divorce from her be­cause of “aban­don­ment” be­cause she had been miss­ing for so long.

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