Authorities in Los Angeles plan to say more later today about why they’re reopening the investigation into actress Natalie Wood’s drowning death over the weekend of Thanksgiving 1981.
Wood’s husband at the time, actor Robert Wagner, says through a spokesman that he supports the new probe.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Wagner said through a statement that he “trusts they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid.”
The “new information,” according to the Times, involves comments made recently by the captain of the yacht that Woods, Wagner and actor Christopher Walken were on that fateful night. The captain, Dennis Davern, has said he does not think a complete investigation of Wood’s death was done at the time and that he overheard arguments among the group on the night Wood disappeared.
Wood, Wagner and Walken had gone to Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast, for dinner. They then returned to the yacht. At some point during the night, Wood and a dinghy disappeared. Her body was discovered the next day about a mile from the yacht. “The dinghy was found beached nearby,” the Times adds. Wood was 43.
The tragedy was huge news at the time and, as The Associated Press says:
“The case has become one of Hollywood’s most alluring mysteries. Wood’s drowning sparked tabloid speculation that foul play was involved, but Wagner and Wood’s sister have dismissed any suggestion there was foul play.
“Laura Wood wrote in a biography on her sister, ‘What happened is that Natalie drank too much that night.’
“Wagner wrote in a 2009 autobiography that he blamed himself for his wife’s death.”