There’s a New Twist in Natalie Wood’s Unsolved Drowning

What did actor Robert Wagner know about that night?

Natalie Wood has been gone for decades, but interest in the star and her mysterious and untimely death lives on.

In 2013, a supplemental autopsy report was released, revealing that there were fresh bruises and scratches on Wood’s body—marks that seem to have occurred just before the actress fell from the boat she was on with her husband, Robert Wagner, and actor Christopher Walken near Catalina Island in 1981. The report by Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran also explained the coroner’s decision in 2011 to change the cause of death from accidental to “drowning and other undetermined factors.”

So what really happened the night Natalie Wood died?

Today, authorities announced that Wagner is officially a “person of interest” in the case. The actor’s public account of his wife’s final hours—including claims that he and Walken were arguing before they realized she was missing—has done little to solve the mystery of her drowning.

“I haven’t seen him tell the details that match all the other witnesses in this case,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigator John Corina says of Wagner’s suspicious story in a CBS 48 Hours special about the case. “I think he’s constantly changed his story a little bit. And his version of events just don’t add up.”


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