UPDATE: GARLAND COUNTY (KATV) - According to Garland County Authorities the man suspected in the death of Dawna Natzke, Kevin Duck, has been arrested in Colorado. The sheriff's department says one of their investigators was informed that Duck was in the area of Burlington, CO. That information was sent to authorities there and Duck was taken into custody, without incident, on Tuesday evening. He was arrested on a 1st degree murder warrant.
GARLAND COUNTY (KATV) - Nearly two years after Dawna Natzke's death, Natzke's boyfriend Kevin Duck has been linked to her murder through cell phone records.
Natzke was killed in December 2011. An arrest warrant for first degree murder was issued Monday for the boyfriend of the Hot Springs Village police dispatcher, according to Garland County Prosecutor Steve Oliver.
Kevin Duck was arrested several weeks after Dawna's death for violating probation, according to arrest reports, but he was later released. He was only named as a person of interest.
Text messages, phone calls, and even cell phone tower triangulation records are used in the case against Duck.
On December 21, 2011, Duck, Natzke and her mother Doris Smith attended a party. Duck's arrest affidavit states one of Natzke's friends, Patty Hathaway, witnessed Duck and Natzke leave the Christmas party together and in the process saw Duck "forcibly push Dawna out the door."
Natzke was never seen alive again.
An autopsy indicates Dawna died within three to four hours of leaving the party by blunt force trauma and drowning. Her body was found days later in a remote area in the Ouachita National Forest.
Cell phone tower records were analyzed by the FBI to triangulate Kevin's phone's approximate location. According to the affidavit, the morning after the party, numerous calls were made from the Highway 7 and 298 junction area, and at 8:34 a.m. a call was made from Kevin's phone just six-tenths of a mile from where Dawna's body was ultimately found. Around 30 minutes later, a call was made from Duck's phone six-tenths of a mile from where Dawna's car was found burning, according to the affidavit.
The arrest affidavit for Duck mentioned that Duck had called in to his employer saying that he would be late for work the day after Natzke went missing and did not arrive until after 10 a.m. His employer, Lester Woodson, mentioned to authorities that Duck had said he was looking for Natzke that morning but never asked for time off to do it again.
Oliver said Duck is not in custody and is believed to be in another state.
Garland County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Hinojosa told Channel 7 News that investigators are working with local authorities in another jurisdiction to bring Duck into custody.