Actress Natalie Wood’s sister Lana has told authorities that she believes her brother-in-law, Robert Wagner, is withholding information about Natalie’s death.
Natalie Wood drowned in waters off Southern California near Santa Catalina Island after a night of partying alongside her husband, Roger Wagner, and her “Brainstorm” co-star, Christopher Walken.
According to the police report, Wood was “possibly attempting to board the dinghy and had fallen into the water, striking her face.” A dinghy from their yacht was found in Catalina Cove.
Speaking to TMZ, the actress’ sister said she believes Wagner was dishonest during his interview with authorities following the drowning of Natalie nearly 30 years ago on Nov. 29, 1981.
Wood, a three-time Oscar nominee, was 43 when she died. Her husband Wagner was the star of the TV series “Hart to Hart, and they married twice – once in 1957 divorcing after six years, and again in 1972.
People with additional information about Wood’s death have approached the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, resulting in their reopening the case on Thursday.
Lana Wood added that her sister was deathly afraid of water to the point where she never even entered the pool on her property, and is convinced that the case needs further investigation. The actress’ body was found floating in the water about a mile from the yacht in the Pacific Ocean. According to police reports, Wood was wearing a long nightgown, socks, and a down jacket.
Wood’s sister told authorities that the actress “would never go to another boat or to shore dressed in a nightgown and socks,” and that she did not know how to swim.
An autopsy report revealed that Wood had two-dozen bruises on her body, including on her left cheek and arms.
During her interview with L.A. County sheriff’s department, Wood was asked if her sister’s marriage to Wagner was “volatile,” but no additional details about the case are available at this time.
Wagner penned an autobiography in 2008 blaming himself for his wife’s death. The couple had an argument before Wood supposedly fell overboard and drowned. He noted in the book that he has never returned to Catalina Island.
The L.A. sheriff’s department will hold a news conference Friday at 2 p.m. EST pertaining to matters surrounding the case.