Ed Canevari — who grew up with Natalie in Santa Rosa, Calif. — is demanding investigators ramp up their case against her husband after Wagner was named a “person of interest.”
“They should have done it 37 years ago!” the 80-year-old former deli owner exclusively told Radar.
“I just believe that Robert Wagner did it. I think it was covered up.”
Ed has always doubted the “West Side Story” star’s drowning death off Catalina Island in November 1981 was an “accident,” as originally ruled.
He even recalls at the time telling Natalie’s mother, Maria Gurdin: “I don’t believe it.”
Brunette beauty Natalie vanished off her 60-foot yacht, the “Splendour,” after a vicious fight with her hubby, who thought she was having an affair with “Brainstorm” co-star Christopher Walken.
The former “Hart to Hart” star has insisted the 43-year-old actress accidentally fell into the Pacific Ocean, but Ed questioned that alibi.
For years, Ed joined a young Natalie and her family for summer vacations at a river in Sonoma County.
Everyone cooled down by the water — except the beloved star, he said.
“She wouldn’t go to the river’s edge,” Ed recalled.
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