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Cold Case: Arkansas mother’s murder remains unsolved

NEED TO KNOW
  • Dawna Natzke was last seen at a Christmas party
  • Her body was found dumped along an Arkansas roadway
  • No one has been charged with her murder
  • Tiplines: 501-622-3690 or 501-622-3674

A year has passed since 46-year-old Dawna Natzke’s body was found dumped in thick, wooded underbrush along an Arkansas roadway.

No one has been charged in her murder.

Garland County Sheriff’s Office Investigator, Mike Wright, says he believes the active and ongoing case will be solved.

The mother of three was last seen leaving a December 21 Christmas party held at a friend’s house two miles from her Hot Springs Village home.

Dawna and her live-in boyfriend Kevin Duck traveled to the party together, along with Dawna’s mother.

Dawna’s friend, Patty Hathaway, who also attended the party, said Duck and Dawna left the party, leaving Dawna’s mother behind.

Duck reportedly told police he and Dawna arrived home from the party by 11:00 p.m. and that Dawna and her car were gone the next morning when he awoke.

He is the last known person to have seen Dawna alive.

Wright said Garland County police conducted one interview with Duck.

“There were some Hot Springs Police Department interviews,” Wright said. “I’m not sure how many he did with Hot Springs, but know he did more than one.”

Wright said Duck came in for police interview on his own will and was not represented by an attorney.

Dawna was not reported missing until December 23, when her son learned that she had not shown up for work.

Her body was found eight days later.

A U.S. forest worker found Dawna’s charred 1997 Ford Escort in a remote part of Oauchita National Forest. The SUV was 5.5 miles from where her body was discovered.

“We have had some additional evidence analyzed and submitted,” Wright said.

“There was some digital evidence pertaining to phone records.”

A reward totaling $11,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for Dawna’s murder.

Garland County police ask anyone with information on Dawna’s case to call Investigator Mike Wright or Arizona State Police Special Agent Dennis Morris at 501-622-3690. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling 501-622-3674.

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