GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV)-The Village Church of Christ in Hot Springs Village hosted a memorial service today for Dawna Natzke, the Arkansas police dispatcher and mother of three. Searchers found her body in the woods on New Year's Eve. Around 500 people attended Natzke's memorial service. Friends, family and co workers were in attendance along with the patriot guard-a motorcycle group who came to show their respect for a fellow Community member .
Ron Shaw is a senior ride captain with the Patriot guard-he and about 50 other motorcyclists attended Dawna Natzke's memorial service Saturday. "Our main goal is to see the family is honored and anything they need we will see to it," explains Shaw. He says bikers came in from all four corners of the state to honor Natzke.
You may remember Natzke was last seen leaving a holiday party with her boyfriend on December 21. She was reported 2 days later when she didn't show up for work. Officials found her car burned the next day and a search party found her body on December 31st. Garland County authorities say they are investigating her death as a homicide-they will not announce her cause of death yet because the investigation is still ongoing.
Saturday, family and friends remember 46 year old Natzke as a kind person who loved her children. "She raised terrific boys and I'm sure anyone here could tell you that and that's the best way to know Dawna is through the love that she had for her family and for her boys," says Jill Tyler. Jill Tyler and Lyndsie Davis attend school with two of Natzke's sons and say Saturday's service is proof of the community's care for the family. "I mean you walk in and the first thing you see is the boys in their football jersey, Dawna's boys are on the team and you see the boys there supporting them." While police are investigating Natzke's death, the memorial service put some people, like Tyler, on the pathway to closure. "I think it's the first step of closure for us, it shows things can be rebuilt and we're still here, even though Dawna can't be here for her sons right now she's still looking over them and hopefully we can surround them with the love that she can't right now." The Natzke family says donations can be made to the "Natzke Boys Fund" through Summit Bank.