Robert Wagner has been named as a person of interest in the death of his late wife Natalie Wood, 36 years after her mysterious drowning which has haunted Hollywood for decades. The revelation was made by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina in a new documentary which will air on CBS tomorrow. “As we’ve investigated the case over the last six years, I think he’s more of a person of interest now. I mean, we know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared,” he said. Wagner is now 87 and married to actress Jill St. John. Wood drowned while boating with her husband and their friend, actor Christopher Walken, off the island of Catalina in Southern California in November 1981. They had just enjoyed a boozy dinner at an upscale restaurant when they were seen going back to the boat at around 10 p.m. the night before Natalie was found. In 2013, her sister revealed claims made by the boat’s captain that Wagner had pushed Natalie overboard by accident and that he refused to help her once she was in the water. The actress was found floating in the water in her nightgown the next morning. An autopsy suggested that she had been the victim of an assault and had abrasions on her forehead. Police have still not declared Natalie’s death a murder and no charges have been filed against Wagner. CBS 48 Hours Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water will air tomorrow at 10 p.m. EST.
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