HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. | The boyfriend of a one-time area woman who was killed nearly two years ago was charged in the homicide.
Garland County Prosecutor Steve Oliver said Monday that Kevin Duck is charged with first-degree murder in the December 2011 death of Lake Central High School graduate Dawna Natzke, 46, of Hot Springs Village, Ark.
Natzke, a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher, was last seen leaving a holiday party with Duck about 11 p.m. Dec. 21, 2011. Volunteer searchers found her body on New Year's Eve in a remote area of the Ouachita National Forest, about 5 miles from where her burned-out station wagon had been found days earlier.
Oliver said Duck is not in custody and is believed to be in Louisiana. He did not know if Duck has an attorney.
Duck's cellphone number has been disconnected and calls to his family rang unanswered. Oliver said he does not know if Duck has an attorney.
Natzke, whose maiden name was Smith, had worked at the police station seven years. At age 35, she donated a kidney to her father, prolonging his life by 10 years, according to the preacher at her funeral. Friends said she built her life around her sons: two who played football at Jessieville High School at the time of her death and an older son who lived nearly.
Duck told detectives in 2011 that the couple returned to Natzke's home after the party and she was gone when he awoke the next morning. A missing person's report wasn't filed until 31 hours later when she failed to show up to work, Hot Springs Village police previously said.
The cause of her death has not been released, but Oliver said it appeared Natzke died within three to four hours of leaving the party with Duck.
"The best we know, he was just angry with her, when they left the party he was just angry," Oliver said.
He declined to elaborate on what evidence was found that led to the charges, other than saying that an FBI investigator trained in tracing cellphone calls was part of the investigation.