No evidence Wood's death was homicide

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The chief of detectives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says no new evidence has been found to suggest Natalie Wood's 1981 death was a homicide.

Wood drowned 30 years ago at the age of 43 when she was aboard a yacht with her husband, Robert Wagner, and friend, Christopher Walken -- both actors -- off the coast of Catalina Island. The actress' death was initially ruled an accident, but the investigation was reopened last November when witnesses came forward saying they had new information.


"At this point, it is an accidental death. Nothing has been discovered to suggest changing that at this time," William McSweeney, the sheriff's chief of detectives, said in an update on the case given to the Los Angeles Times.

McSweeney told the Times investigators were still trying to answer some questions surrounding the actress' drowning, but said he doubts her death was anything other than an accident.

Wood is best known for her work in the films "Miracle on 34th Street," "West Side Story," "The Searchers" and "Splendor in the Grass."


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