Natalie Wood's Death Case Reopened

Nov 18, 2011, 09:56 by R.E. Christian

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says it is reopening the investigation into actress Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning.

The star of "The Searchers," "Splendor in the Grass," "West Side Story," "Rebel without a Cause" and "Miracle on 34th Street" died when she was 43.

Her death while boating off Santa Catalina Island with her husband Robert Wagner and their friend Christopher Walken initially was ruled an accidental drowning.

However, many questions have been raised recently about the circumstances surrounding the incident, The Hollywood Reporter said. Lana Wood, the actress' sister, and Dennis Davern, the captain of the yacht, requested the investigation be reopened more than a year ago. Davern is the author of the 2009 book "Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendor."

"Recently, sheriff's homicide investigators were contacted by persons who stated they had additional information about the Natalie Wood Wagner drowning," the Los Angeles Times quoted the sheriff's department as saying Thursday. "Due to the additional information, sheriff's homicide bureau has decided to take another look at the case."

Source: UPI