It has been nearly 30 years since Natalie Wood drowned off Catalina Island on Nov. 29, 1981. She was in a boat anchored in Isthmus Cove when she fell overboard. The death was ruled an accident by the Los Angeles County Coroner, but on Thursday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide bureau announced that the investigation has been reopened.
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According to a media advisory sent today by Lt. Mike Parker of the LASD newsroom, LASD homicide investigators were recently contacted by persons who stated they had additional information about the Natalie Wood Wagner drowning. The additional information cased the homicide bureau to review the case.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Lt. Corina at (323) 890-5641. Information may be provided anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
The weekend of Wood’s death, she and husband Robert Wagner were spending the weekend with Christopher Walken and his wife on the Wagner’s yacht Splendour. Walken and Wood had been filming Brainstorm together. According to Wikipedia, the official theory about Wood’s death was that she either tried to leave the yacht or leaned over to secure a dinghy that had been banging against the hull when she slipped and fell into the water.
Coroner Thomas Noguchi reported that Wood, age 43, had drunk “seven or eight” glasses of wine and was intoxicated when she died. He also reported that Wood’s fingernail scratches were on the side of the rubber dinghy indicating she was trying to get in. Wood was clothed in a nightgown, socks, and down jacket.
A woman on a nearby yacht said she heard calls for help from an unidentified person at around midnight and that cries lasted for about 15 minutes. She heard someone else say, “Take it easy. We’ll be over to get you,” with “no urgency or immediacy in their shouts.”
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