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Investigators Don't Believe Robert Wagner's Story of Natalie Wood's Death
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7 Feb 2018 06:58 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Natalie Wood (Image Source: Public Domain)

It may have been sitting for 36 years, but it's not going away.

With a renewed interested in the mystery surrounding Natalie Wood's death, investigators don't believe Robert Wagner's story "adds up."

The couple were in their second marriage to each other, remarrying in 1972. On November 29, 1981, they were on their yacht with actor Christopher Walken and the captain of the ship.

Wood drowned with the boat moored near Catalina Island. Her body was recovered a mile away the morning after she went missing. She was bruised up and was bearing an abrasion. More than 36 years later, it's still unknown how the actress ended up in the water.

Since last fall when a TV special, 48 Hours: Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water, aired, authorities are referring to her widower, Wagner, as a person of interest. They have confirmed that he is the last person to see her before she disappeared. But he has refused to speak with them since the case was reopened in 2011.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. John Corina of the homicide bureau said Monday in a press conference that the details Wagner has given of that night in 1981 "really don't add up to what we've found."

"He's a person of interest because he's the last person with her before she went in the water," he reiterated. "This is a suspicious death investigation. We want to know what happened from the time of the argument to when she got into the water."

Corina does admit that Wagner is not obligated to speak with the investigators into his wife's death but also added, "We're closer to understanding what happened, I think."

In a 2009, book that Wagner penned, he said that during that boating trip he was jealous and argued with both Wood and Walken.

After that, he couldn't find Wood and searched the boat with the help of the captain. He noticed the dinghy was missing and assumed she'd gone ashore.

In 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner's office changed the cause of death from "accidental drowning" to "drowning and other undetermined factors." Officials explained it was changed because of the bruises that were on the actress's body.

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