Body Found in Garland County

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    • Dawna Natzke

    GARLAND CO., Ark. (KTHV) A possible break in a missing person's case out of Hot Springs Village. Hundreds of people gathered in Jessieville this morning to search for Dawna Natzke, the missing mother of three. Garland County authorities say a volunteer found a woman's body during the search Saturday morning, but have not identified the body.

    Nearly 400 people showed up to Jessieville School at 8 a.m. 

    "It's Arkansas. We care about our people," says Constable Bill Carpenter. 

    Carpenter says people from all over Garland County showed up to search for Dawna Natzke. "We have firefighters, present and past law enforcement medical people here," explains Carpenter.

    But the effort ended early when one searcher found a body. "About 9:30 this morning an individual searchers who came up in this area to search for Dawna did locate a deceased person," says Lt. Martin with Garland County.

    Garland County authorities are not saying it is the body of Natzke, but they do say the body is a female. Natzke has been missing for about a week and a half, and she was last seen by her boyfriend.
    A U.S. Forest service worker found her car burnt last week. Saturday morning searchers found a female body in the woods within 10 miles of the burnt car.

    "It is grown up with brush and you would literally have to fight to get to the area where the body was," says Martin.

    The body was about 200 yards off of West Haul Road near Highway 298 in Jessieville.

    Tenae Jackson says she is a friend of Natzke and says she is a special friend. "She was very loving; never said a cross word about anyone."

    Garland County Officials say the body will be sent to the state crime lab to be identified.

    In the meantime, Hot Springs Village authorities have no suspects in custody in connection with the missing mom.

    "At this point we have done probably over 100 hundred interviews with individuals as to where she was or is or what has happened to her," says A.L. Cornett, the director of public safety for Hot Springs Village. Cornett says he does suspect foul play. The village is working with the Garland County Sheriff's department and the Game and Fish Commission in this case.

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