Robert Wagner is considered a “person of interest” in the death of Natalie Wood, according to law enforecement officials.
“As we’ve investigated the case over the last six years, I think he’s more of a person of interest now,” L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina told CBS “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty in an upcoming interview. “I mean, we know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared.”
The interview continued:
“Do you believe Natalie Wood was murdered?” Moriarty asks.
“I think it’s suspicious enough to make us think that something happened,” Corina says.
“Do you believe Robert Wagner knows a lot more about what happened to his wife than he’s ever said?” Moriarty asks.
“Well, I think he does because he’s the last one to see her,” Corina replies.
Wood disappeared from her family yacht off the coast of Catalina Island in November 1981. Her body was found floating in the water the next day. At the time, her death was ruled as an accidental drowning. But police reopened the investigation in 2011, and her manner of death is now considered “drowning and other undetermined factors.”
Investigators also told “48 Hours” that Wood’s autopsy contained fresh bruises that resembled an assault victim.
In addition to Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and Captain Dennis Davern were also aboard the yacht when Wood disappeared.
“48 Hours” is speaking to investigators as part of a new special “Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water” which airs February 3rd at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
Featured Image: Actor Robert Wagner and former wife Natalie Wood, on board the Queen Elizabeth II in April 1972, after a hectic storm at sea, where they announced that they would remarry. (AP Photo/Steve Wood)