Natalie Wood Death: 'We're Closer to Understanding What Happened,' Say Investigators


"He's a person of interest because he was the last person with her, before she went in the water", Corina said.

Speaking to a news conference, the detective from the LA County Sheriff's Department said they had spoken to "a lot of new people" since the case had been reopened, including some who said they heard the couple arguing the night of Wood's death.

Corina said the original detectives on the case spoke with Wagner about the circumstances surrounding Wood's death only once, in 1981, but Wagner, who will turn 88 on February 10, has declined any further discussions.

It was revealed last week that Wood's husband, actor Robert Wagner, is a person of interest. "He has rights and he cannot talk to us if he doesn't want to", Corina said.

Davern has said that he went to check on the noise being made by the arguing couple and "was told to go away by Robert Wagner", Corina recalled.

Law enforcement is now seeking more witnesses in the death of the Hollywood icon.

Investigators closed the case two weeks after her death, ruling it an accident.

"We're not pressing charges on anyone", he said.

And if you can help them figure out why movie star Natalie Wood drowned that night - and especially if any current persons of interest had something to do with it - then maybe investigators won't press you too hard on why you didn't say anything in 1981. Corina said that when he did talk, he often had conflicting stories. Wood, a three-time Academy Award nominee, was on a yacht with her then-husband Robert Wagner, fellow actor Christopher Walken and the boat's captain on the night before she was reported missing.

Authorities initially ruled the death an accidental drowning, but that changed.

Natalie Wood's Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood, on February 2, 2018. Her sister Lana Wood said it remains painful to this day.

US actress Natalie Wood and her husband US actor Robert Wagner pose during the 29th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes
Image Wood and Wagner met when she was 18 and got married twice

Wagner was at the time one of the industry's main leading men, and later became one of the biggest stars on TV with shows such as Hart To Hart and Switch. "We're at a standstill, so we thought we'd give it one more shot to the public".

New witnesses, who were on a different boat, have come forth since the initial investigation who corroborate other witnesses' accounts of hearing people on the boat arguing, Corina said. I know people lose their tempers.

Corina also confirmed Wood's body had bruises.

Wood, who was best known for her roles in "Miracle on 34th Street", "West Side Story", and "Rebel Without a Cause", was 43 when she died on November 29, 1981.

"Do we have enough to make an arrest at this moment?"

Wagner publicly supported the new investigation and has reportedly called Wood's death a tragic accident.

"Mr. Wagner has fully cooperated over the last 30 years in the investigation of the accidental drowning of his wife in 1981", Berk said at the time. "No", the statement said.

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner arrive at the premiere of "The Godfather", on August 24, 1972, in London.

Why Has the Case Been Reopened?

Wood and Wagner married in December 1957. "But he's not! I said why are you lying to me?" she said.

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