New Sequence of Events in Natalie Wood's Death

Investigators say new witnesses emerge, but case status isn't changed
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2018 8:33 AM CST
This Nov. 29, 1981, file photo, shows the 55-foot yacht "Splendour," belonging to actor Robert Wagner and his wife, actress Natalie Wood, as it sits in the waters at Avalon, Calif., on Santa Catalina...   (AP Photo/Paul J. Harrington, File)
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(Newser) – It's back. The cold case involving the suspicious drowning of actress Natalie Wood in 1981 is once again making headlines. The impetus is a show airing Sunday on CBS' 48 Hours in which a Los Angeles County sheriff's investigator refers to widower Robert Wagner, now 87, as a "person of interest." That's not exactly a bombshell revelation, but amid the flurry of headlines Thursday, a sheriff's spokesperson added that new witnesses have come forward to "portray a new sequence of events on the boat that night," per the AP. Here is what's going on:

  • New witnesses: One heard "yelling and crashing sounds" coming from the stateroom belonging to Wood and Wagner, and others say they believe they heard Wood and Wagner arguing at the back of the boat shortly afterward. All in all, these unidentified witnesses offer a different version of events from previous accounts, says the sheriff's spokesperson, per the Los Angeles Times.
  • No change in status: "Do we have enough to make an arrest at this moment? No," says the sheriff's spokesperson. "This remains a suspicious death investigation." But "we know that even the most difficult cases can be solved when witnesses come forward." The LA newspaper adds that it's "far from clear whether the new details reflect a significant change in the case."

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