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Sunday
Jan012012

Body Found Near Home of Missing Police Dispatcher Dawna Natzke

Comstock/Thinkstock(HOT SPRINGS, Ark.) -- Authorities found a body Saturday several miles from the Arkansas home of a police emergency dispatcher and mother of three who vanished days before Christmas.

Dawna Natzke of Hot Springs, Ark., was last seen over a week ago when she returned home after attending a friend's Christmas party.

The 46-year-old's live-in boyfriend reportedly told police that she was watching television alone when he went to bed around 11 p.m. It was the last time anyone saw her.

Two days later on Dec. 23 Natzke's son reported his mother missing.

On Christmas Eve day, police were notified that her car, a 1997 Ford Escort, was discovered completely charred in a remote part of Oauchita National Forest. There were no signs of Natzke.

The body was found about 5.5 miles from where Natzke's burned car was found, according to Garland County Sheriff's officials. The body was found by a search group member.

Police wouldn't confirm it was the missing woman's body, but they notified her family of the find.

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