Dawna Natzke's mother "relieved" about arrest

Kevin Duck

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE (KATV) - The boyfriend of a Hot Springs Village woman killed in 2011 remains behind bars.

Kevin Duck was taken into custody in Colorado Tuesday for the murder of Dawna Natzke in 2011.

Doris Smith, Dawna Natzke's mother, said the arrest is a relief. She spent the last two years consumed with her daughter's death and who is responsible and believes police have arrested the right person.

Holidays are a tough time. Doris last saw Dawna at a Christmas party in 2011.

"It was sleeting and rainy and cold and all night long when I got home that's all I could think of, where is she?" Doris remembered. "That's what I was dreading and it was true."

Dawna's body was found on New Year's Eve. Nearly two years later, Duck, was arrested on a charge of first degree murder.

After countless sleepless nights and lonely days, the news of Ducks's arrest leaves Doris suddenly overwhelmed.

She was devastated by autopsy results released this week stating Dawna was killed by blunt force trauma and drowning.

"I was hoping it was quick and over and done with," Doris said.

But with Duck's arrest, she said she is now looking forward to justice for her daughter.

"I've already lived through the fact that she's gone," Doris said. "It doesn't bring her back but I know she's with her dad and no one was loved any more than she was."

Duck is scheduled for an extradition hearing Friday morning in Kit Carson County, Colorado, where he is being held. His bond is set at $250,000.