Angeles County Sheriff's investigators say that Natalie Wood's then-husband, actor Robert Wagner, is a person of interest as they look into the circumstances around her mysterious death in 1981.
"As we've investigated the case over the last six years, I think he's more of a person of interest now," Lt. 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."
Wood drowned off the coast of Catalina in November 1981 after she went missing from her family's yacht, Splendour. Wood, Wagner, Christopher Walken and yacht captain Dennis Davern were all on board the night before Wood was found floating in the water wearing a red down jacket and flannel nightgown. The death was originally ruled an accident, following a two-week investigation, but in 2011, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department reopened the death investigation, and a year later the L.A. coroner's office amended Wood's death certificate to change the manner of death from accidental drowning to "drowning and other undetermined factors."
There have long been rumors of foul play surrounding Wood's death. Wagner's and Davern's shifting accounts of what happened the night Wood, famously terrified of dark water, went missing, have raised red flags for investigators.
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