Hollywood icon Natalie Wood was found dead nearly four decades ago in the water near Santa Catalina Island, she found off the California coast, but it has been remain mystery how she got there.
The actress’ dead body was discovered floating in the water on November 29, 1981, after Wood went missing from the Splendour yacht, on which the actress was spending Thanksgiving holidays with her hubby Robert Wagner and her co-star in the film Brainstorm, Christopher Walken.
Eventually, the law enforcement officials announced Wood’s death as an accidental drowning. In addition, the case was reopened in 2011 by the officials and it now seems her death was “suspicious.”
Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CBS correspondent Erin Moriarty during an episode of 48 Hours that aired on Saturday, “She got in the water somehow, and I don’t think she got in the water by herself.”
In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, homicide detectives received over 100 tips after they reopened Wood’s case. The investigators said, “For the first time, we have witness statements that portray a new sequence of events on the boat that night.”
A source close to Wagner family told the publication, “Robert Wagner has not been contacted by law enforcement in over five years nor has he been alerted that there has been any change in the status of the case. In addition, the so-called ‘new’ witnesses they are referring to are the same ones that they had years ago.”
A spokeswoman for Sheriff’s office, Nicole Nishida told PEOPLE that the last time the Sheriff’s office asked an interview with Wagner was back in late 2012.
In his book Pieces of My Heart (2008), he wrote that he involved in an argument with Walken about the direction of the actress, Wood’s career, during which he broke a bottle of wine on the table. He wrote, “Natalie was already belowdecks” when he smashed the wine bottle.