Dawna Natzke update

Dawna Natzke update

Garland County investigators say they have exhausted nearly all of their leads in a year old murder investigation.
HOT SPRINGS, AR - Garland County investigators say they have exhausted nearly all of their leads in a year old murder investigation.

Hot Springs Village police dispatcher Dawna Natzke disappeared after leaving a Christmas party December 21st, 2011. Police found her body two weeks later in the Ouachita National Forest.

Garland County Sheriff's Deputies say there is no new information on the investigation and will not comment on what they call a still active case. Investigators have only their original person of interest, but with the anniversary of Natzke's death, there's still no arrest in the case.

Natzke's burned out car was found in the Ouachita National Forest after hundreds of volunteers joined the search for the mother of three when she didn’t show up for work. On New Year's Eve, searchers found her murdered body not far from where the car was found.

Garland County investigators say they've followed numerous leads without success and have not developed any additional person's of interest besides Natzke's boyfriend, Kevin Duck. They believe Duck is the last person to see her alive. Duck was never formally charged and is currently on probation for a charge unrelated to Natzke's death.

In an interview with one of Natzke's friend back in January, Patty Hathaway said, "I want the person who did it to get caught. It just scares me knowing they are still out there."

Investigators are still working with special agents from the FBI analyzing evidence, specifically electronic data. Hathaway says she received odd text messages from Natzke's phone the night of the party, and does not believe the text messages came from her friend. "I'd like to know exactly who did it. In my mind I know, but I want to know for sure."

Investigators say they're waiting for additional analysis to be completed. Once they have what they need, they say they'll figure out the next course of action.

In an interview in February, Hathaway said, "I am confident that they are going to find justice for her." Until then Hathaway says she's left wondering. "Her family is devastated, I'm devastated. We're all sad and we can't seem to move forward."

A reward in the amount of $11,000 is being offered for any information that would assist in the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for this murder. Anyone with information may contact Garland County Investigator Mike Wright, Arkansas State Police Special Agent Dennis Morris at 501-622-3690, or the department's anonymous tip line at 501-622-3674.
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