Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Robert Wagner's Story Doesn't "Add Up", Say Police

Robert Wagner's Story Doesn't

At a news conference Monday morning, Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department discussed the status of the case days after it was featured on the television news series "48 Hours".

Wood, who starred in "West Side Story" and was nominated for three Academy Awards, was found dead in the waters off Southern California's Catalina Island.

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However, Corina did openly lament that Wood's ex-husband and silver screen icon Robert Wagner has refused to cooperate with investigators.

From those tips, the department said they have witness statements for the first time ever, detailing a new sequence of events from that fateful night.

Wagner has denied any involvement in his wife's death, and no charges have been filed, the Associated Press reports.

The actor, who has been a recurring guest star on the CBS drama "NCIS", did not speak to "48 hours".

The case, originally ruled as an accidental drowning, was reopened in 2011. If not, it may be the end of the investigation, a Los Angeles County sheriff's official said.

Natalie Wood was an American actress who lived from 1938 to 1981.

LOS ANGELES - Sheriff's officials said today they have received little new information into Natalie Wood's 1981 death off Catalina since re- opening the investigation in 2011, and still want to talk to the late actress' husband, actor Robert Wagner, who is thought to be the last person to see her alive.

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However Corina emphasized that it remains an accidental death investigation, not a murder investigation.

Corina explained that the story that was told at the time - that Wood chose to go into town on her own, in the rain, late at night in her nightgown and socks, "does not add up", especially since no one heard the dinghy start up. Wagner wanted to move the boat at night, but Wood didn't want him to. Ralph Hernandez told CBS, may have made her "the victim of an assault".

In this December 1, 2013 file photo, Robert Wagner attends The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors 31st Annual Awards in Beverly Hills. "At the point that he's walking away, she actually fell down to one knee".

"They're very credible. They have no reason to lie", Corina told Moriarty.

"When Davern suggests turning the light on, he says no, no".

Those statements corroborated the account of the captain, Dennis Davern, who has said he heard the couple arguing in their cabin. "No one saw anybody go in the water". "They just heard the argument and then silence".

"People don't think what they know might be important".

The coroner's office amended Wood's death certificate to include "drowning and other undetermined factors".

So investigators returned to a tried-and-true strategy: Goose up the publicity with the help of the media and wait for new tips to come rolling in, despite the length of time that has elapsed. And we haven't been able to prove that this was an accident, either. "We're closer to understanding what happened". It is unclear how it happened, but Wood ended up in the water where she drowned.

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