Police told the CBS News show “48 Hours” that Robert Wagner is a “person of interest’ in the drowning death of his wife Natalie Wood in November 1981 off Catalina Island, California.
Wood’s drowning death off the family’s yacht “Splendour” death was originally ruled an accident, but in 2011, the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department re-opened the investigation.
The captain of the “Splendour,” Dennis Daverne, claimed in 2011 that there was terrible fight between Wagner and Wood on the boat the night of her death. Two witnesses came forward in 2011 and said they saw the fight between Wagner and Wood.
Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and Davern originally told police that in 1981 that Wood, who was terrified of water, took off in a dinghy and went ashore.
However, Wagner and Davern’s stories have changed, which was a red flag to the investigators.
Wagner has refused to speak to police since the case has been reopened; Walden has spoken to police.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina told “48 Hours” that Wagner’s version of the incident doesn’t “add up”:
As we’ve investigated the case over the last six years, I think he’s more of a person of interest now. We know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared…
I haven’t seen him tell the details that match all the other witnesses in this case. I think he’s constantly changed his story a little bit. And his version of events just don’t add up.
Police say Wood’s autopsy report indicates there were a number of bruises that appeared to be fresh on Wood’s body.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Ralph Hernandez told CBS News:
She looked like a victim of an assault… We have not been able to prove this was a homicide. And we haven’t been able to prove that this was an accident, either. The ultimate problem is we don’t know how she ended up in the water.
(Source: CBS News)