Almost four decades after the mysterious death of Natalie Wood, CBS is taking a look back at the troubling evidence in the case, and the involvement of the actress’ husband Robert Wagner. While the actor has claimed he does not know how his wife went missing, various sources have suggested otherwise, and he has been marked a person of interest. After Wood’s death, investigators staged a reenactment of the star’s last moments. Click through RadarOnline.com’s gallery to see the photos of the investigation.
Natalie Wood disappeared On November 28, 1981 after going on a yacht trip with her husband Robert Wagner and his best friend, Christopher Walken.
Her lifeless body was found floating in the ocean after her hubby reported she had gone missing following the boat outing.
The captain of the “Splendour,” Dennis Davern, helped investigators in the case by walking them through a similar boat as a reenactment of the 1981 night.
Davern told officials that he had heard Wood and Wagner arguing aggressively in their cabin and later outside, on the boat’s deck. He added that after a while, Wagner told him that Wood had returned to shore by herself.
The Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department Homicide Bureau conducted a series of tests on the boat to prove that Davern was telling the truth about the incident, and to grasp more details into what led to Wood’s mysterious drowning.
Detectives conducted a series of noise tests to see if it would have been possible for Davern to hear the couple arguing. They decided that it could have been true.
Wagner strongly denied fighting with his wife when he was questioned after her drowning.
After much investigation, Robert Wagner was named a person of interest in the case, and Wood’s death was changed from “accidental drowning” to “drowning and other undermined factors.”
A lieutenant working on the case said it spoke “volumes” that Wagner was the only one not cooperating in the investigation. He added: “As far as we know, he was the last person to be seen or heard talk to Natalie before she went missing.”
Natalie Wood’s sister Lana confronted Robert Wagner about her sibling’s death, begging for answers. He, however, refused to give a straight response, and instead bashed her for accusing him of murder. Stay with Radar for updates.
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