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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Almost two years and justice will be done for Dawna Natzke

Garland County investigators on November 25, with the assistance of the prosecuting attorney’s office, completed an arrest affidavit, for the charge of Murder 1st Degree, for KEVIN CONWAY DUCK, in reference to the disappearance and murder of Hot Springs Village police dispatcher Dawna Natzke in December 2011.

The arrest warrant was signed late yesterday afternoon in Garland County Circuit Court. Bond has been set at $250,000.00.

Investigators are working with local authorities in another jurisdiction, Louisiana, to bring Duck into custody.

The murder of Hot Springs Village dispatcher DAWNA NATZKE was first investigated by Hot Springs Village Police and then turned over to Garland County's Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police once Natzke's body was found in the Ouachita National Forest on New Year's Eve of 2011. Investigators followed numerous leads, but quickly exhausted most of them.

The facts and evidence garnered through the investigation revealed there were no other persons of interest, other than the last known person to see her alive after leaving former Hot Springs Village POA general Manager Scott Randall's home, her boyfriend, Kevin Duck.

Since February 2012, investigators were in contact with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Garland County investigators received assistance from the FBI in analyzing evidence, specifically electronic data, e-mails and text messages, obtained during the course of the investigation. The effort by the FBI was ongoing and investigators waited a long time for additional analysis to complete the technical portion of the investigation.

Once this information was received and reviewed, investigators again meet with the prosecuting attorney to discuss the facts of the case and determine the next course of action. The case languished on the prosecuting attorney's desk for nearly six months before a warrant was finally issued.

A reward, in the amount of $11,000, total, was offered for any information that would assist in the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for this murder.

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