(Los Angeles, CA) — More information is expected to be announced today regarding new developments in the investigation of the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau last week said that Wood’s husband, actor Robert Wagner, is now a person of interest in her drowning.
“As we’ve investigated the case over the last six years, I think he’s more of a person of interest now,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina says of Wagner in an interview with “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty. “I mean, we know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared.”
They haven’t gone into further detail.
Investigators say Wagner has refused to speak with them since the case was reopened in 2011. Corina doesn’t believe Wagner has told the whole story.
Wood’s death has been controversial, with few details about how she ended up in the water after going sailing with Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and the boat’s captain Dennis Davern. The next day, the actress was found floating in the water wearing a red down jacket and flannel nightgown.
Rumors of foul play have long surrounded Wood’s mysterious death. At first, the three men aboard the boat — Wagner, Walken and Davern — told detectives that Wood, famously terrified of dark water, took off in a dinghy and went ashore. Over time, however, Wagner and Davern’s accounts have shifted, a red flag to the investigators.
Wagner said in his memoirs that he argued with Wood before she disappeared but has long claimed to have nothing to do with her death.