CALIFORNIA – The recent appearance of new witnesses in the case of the famous actress Natalie Wood, who died drowned in 1981 at age 43, has led researchers to describe her death as “suspicious”.
“For the first time” there are “witness statements that portray a new sequence of events that night,” a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement released by CBS.
According to the note, a witness claimed to have heard screams and noises from the cabin of Natalie Wood and her husband, the actor Robert Wagner.
Later, other witnesses identified a man and a woman arguing in the stern of the ship and considered that those voices belonged to Wood and Wagner.
The statement was issued hours after it was known that the authorities consider Wagner as a “person of interest” in the investigation into the death of his wife, a case that was reopened in November 2011.
Under the “person of interest” formula, an individual is usually identified in the US who may be involved in the case or who can help clarify it, but who is neither formally nor legally a suspect.
According to CBS, which will broadcast next Saturday “Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water” within its research space “48 Hours”, Wagner, 87, has refused to speak with investigators since the reopening of the case.
Wood’s death shocked the world on November 29, 1981, when she appeared drowned, at age 43, in the vicinity of the California island of Santa Catalina, where she spent the weekend with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
The investigation at the time determined that Wood, after drinking heavily and arguing with Wagner, wanted to leave the yacht she was on.
According to that version, the actress tried to get on a rubber boat but fell into the water and drowned, since she did not know how to swim.
The investigators initially ruled that the death was due to an accidental drowning, although in 2013 they determined that it was caused by “drowning and other indeterminate factors”.
Natalie Wood participated in mythical films like “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955), “Splendor in the Grass” or “West side Story, both from 1961.