Forty years after Natalie Wood “mysteriously” drowned, the LA County Sheriff’s department revealed her ex-husband, Robert Wagner, is now a person of interest. The investigators looking into the passing of Wood spoke about the case in the TV Special, “48 Hours: Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Waters.”
John Corina, the Lieutenant of the LA County Department, stated that after six years of investigation, they now know he was the last person to be seen with her.
E! News reported that Wood drowned in 1981 after she allegedly fell off a family yacht during a boat trip with her husband of the time, Wagner, Christopher Walken, and Dennis Davern.
After the coroner conducted an autopsy, they revealed she had drunk eight glasses of wine, and her death was considered to be an accident.
Forty years later, the LA County Sheriff’s Department has decided to re-open the case. Back in 2011, they released a statement to E! News which stated they knew a person who had “additional” information regarding her passing.
In a statement released by Wagner’s family, they said that the LA County Sheriff’s Department had not contacted them, but they fully supported them reopening the case.
A representative speaking on their behalf insinuated that film production crews were merely trying to profit off of the 30th anniversary of her death. Since then, investigators state Wagner will not speak with them about the case.
However, in Robert’s defense, her death has been continuously talked about, and the same conclusion has been reached over and over again, which is that her death was an accident.
The continuous inquiring into her death is like a re-opening of wounds, something the actor hoped to get over a long time ago. The police Lieutenant stated, “I think he’s constantly changed his story a little bit.” And that may make sense considering the memories of a person may change over the course of forty years.