A builder who worked on a house where a woman vanished 36 years ago has said he thinks her body could be buried in the garden.
Mother-of-two Lynette Dawson, 34, went missing from her home in Bayview, north Sydney in 1982.
Two coroners concluded she was killed by her husband – former Newtown Jets rugby league star Chris Dawson – but he maintains his innocence and her body was never found.
Mother-of-two Lynette Dawson (left with her daughter and right with husband Chris on their wedding day), 34, went missing from her home in Bayview, north Sydney in 1982
Mrs Dawson (pictured with her daughter) was last seen at Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in January 1982. Her last contact with her family was six days before her disappearance
Now builder Joe Cimino (pictured with his wife Sandra) who was contracted to do work on their house in 1988 has spoken out to say he thinks there could be a body in the garden
This is a replica of Joe Cimino’s diary note after he worked on the house of Neville and Sue Johnston in 1988. The couple bought the house, previously owned by the Dawsons, in 1987
Now a builder who was contracted to do work on their house in 1988 has spoken out to say he thinks there could be a body in the garden.
Joe Cimino’s family company did some digging and concreting for the new owners of the house after Mr Dawson sold it in 1984.
He kept a diary note of the job which says he poured 11 cubic metres of concrete in areas of soft soil at the back of the home and near the swimming pool in the front garden.
Mr Cimino said the soil felt abnormally soft, which made him wonder if it had been dug up before.
‘I can remember this clear as today that the shovel was just going into dirt like I was cutting a cheesecake, it was so soft,’ he told The Australian.
He said he remembers digging up some soil near the pool but there was a larger area he didn’t work on which is ‘absolutely’ big enough to bury a body.
Joe Cimino’s family company did some digging and concreting for the new owners of the house after Mr Dawson sold it in 1984. Pictured: Mr and Mrs Dawson on their wedding day
Two coroners concluded Mrs Dawson (pictured) was killed by her husband but he maintains his innocence and her body was never found
In the 1970s Mr Dawson (pictured) played for the Newtown Jets in the New South Wales Rugby League
In 1998, one officer found remains of Mrs Dawson’s favourite cardigan (pictured), which had been sliced with a knife – but no body was discovered
The mystery of Lyn Dawson: A timeline
1970: Lyn and Chris Dawson marry aged 21 and later have two daughters
1980: Mr Dawson starts affair with 16-year-old pupil, Joanne Curtis
1981: Mr Dawson persuades Mrs Dawson to let Joanne move in to get away from her violent stepfather.
Later that year, the pair run away together to Queensland but change their minds and return to Sydney.
1982: Mrs and Mrs Dawson go to marriage counselling. On 8 January, she fails to turn up to meeting with her mother at at Northbridge Baths.
Two days later, Mr Dawson picks up Joanne from the Sunshine Coast and asks her to move in.
He reports Mrs Dawson missing six weeks later.
1983: Mr Dawson divorces missing wife, marries Joanne and the pair have a child in Queensland
1990: Mr Dawson and Joanne split up. She urges police to search his old garden for a body
1998: Mrs Dawson’s cardigan is found during a police dig
2001 and 2003: Two coroners find that Mrs Dawson was murdered by some-one known to her but no-one is charged due to lack of evidence
There have been several police appeals for information since
‘And the easiest place,’ he said. ‘When a pool’s constructed you always over-excavate and then backfill.
‘It concerns me because if I was going to get rid of a body, to pull up those pavers and excavate down there and place the pavers back and cover it up is not a huge job to do.’
Mr Cimino said he was never contacted by police investigating the suspected murder – but came forward after hearing about it on The Australian ‘s investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet.
A source close to Mr Cimino told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Hopefullly this helps the family solve the issue and she gets found.’
Mrs Dawson was last seen at Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in January 1982. Her last contact with her family was six days before her disappearance.
Two separate coroners’ inquires in 2001 and 2003 found Mrs Dawson was murdered by Mr Dawson but he was never charged and insists he is innocent.
Sports teacher Mr Dawson was having an affair with one of his 16-year-old pupils, his babysitter Joanne Curtis, at the time.
When the pair broke up in 1990, she urged police to search around the swimming pool of the house.
In 1998, one officer found remains of Mrs Dawson’s favourite cardigan, which had been sliced with a knife – but no body was discovered.
Despite numerous police appeals for information, the case remains a mystery.
Mr Dawson now lives in Noosa, Queensland with his third wife.
Chris Dawson married Lynette Simms (left and right, together) when they were both aged 21
Mr and Mrs Dawson with one of their two children. Mr Dawson now lives in Noosa, Queensland with his third wife