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    Remains found in Garland County identified as Dawna Natzke

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    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas State Crime Lab has identified the remains found by a volunteer searcher on Saturday.

    They've confirmed the remains to be those of Dawna Natzke, the missing woman out of Hot Springs Village.

    The 46-year-old was last seen on Dec. 21 after leaving a Christmas party with her boyfriend, Kevin Duck.

    Duck said he went to bed around 11 p.m., while she stayed up watching TV, but when he woke up the next morning Natzke and her car were gone.

    On December 22nd at 11:15 a.m. her car was discovered in a remote area of the Ouachita National Forest. The vehicle had been burned.

    Social media began buzzing about Natzke's disappearance, but no one reported her missing for more than 24 hours when she did not report for work.

    A formal search party in the community was organized on Saturday, December 31st.

    "A lot of people didn't know her but just to see everybody come together and express that love and concern. And it was just an outpouring and it was wonderful. And I think that's what we wanted was just to be able to find her and to know what happened to her," said Amy Smiley, a member of the search party.

    The investigation into the disappearance of Dawna Natzke continues since she was last seen nearly two weeks ago.

    Family and friends search for answers. Meanwhile a private investigator, Heather Smith, volunteered her time to help in the case.

    "If anybody knows anything, just consider the fact that if this was somebody in your family, your friend. You've got to say something...I feel parts of [the initial response] were delayed. Do I fault anybody? No I can't say that I do because I'm not a police officer. I don't know what they were doing," Smith said.

    "Dawna has been found. And that was the most important thing was to find her and to know what happened to her, and now everyone wants to see justice. They want to know how this happened, why it happened, who did it, who was involved so her death was not in vain," Smiley added.

    An official autopsy has not been released at this point so the exact cause of death has not been determined.

    There are currently no suspects in this case, at least no names have been released at this point.

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