Natalie Wood's Death Still an Accident

Re-opened investigation finds no evidence of foul play
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2012 6:50 AM CST
Natalie Wood's Death Still an Accident
In a Nov. 25, 1959 file photo, Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner are made up for their roles in "All The Fine Young Cannibals," in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/DFS, File)

After nearly two months of investigation, officials have come to the same conclusion they did decades ago: Natalie Wood's death was an accident. The LA County Sheriff's Department has found no new evidence to suggest otherwise since re-opening the case, the Los Angeles Times reports. "At this point, it is an accidental death. Nothing has been discovered to suggest changing that at this time," says the sheriff's chief of detectives.

Wood was found drowned over Thanksgiving weekend 1981, during a yachting trip off Catalina Island with husband Robert Wagner and costar Christopher Walken. The case, which has garnered much second-guessing over the years, was re-opened in November after sources came to detectives with new information. The chief of detectives says some smaller aspects of the case are still being looked at, and that the cold case file will never be completely closed, but the conclusion will likely remain the same. (More Natalie Wood stories.)

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