Actress Natalie Wood’s death is no longer consider an accident by authorities.
The Los Angeles County Corner has formally revised her death certificate so that it reads “undetermined” rather than “accident,” and detectives consider their investigation into Wood’s controversial 1981 demise active.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives apparently informed the Wood family today of the change in the death certificate record, which was actually officially made last month, according to TMZ.
[D]etectives told them the change was made in part because some of the bruises on Wood’s body were inconsistent with death by accident.
Family members add … they were told at this point authorities can’t prove definitively Wood’s death was accidental or the result of foul play. Detectives did tell family members Wood’s death was definitely from drowning, but the way she ended up in the water is unclear.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, the-then 43-year-old Wood died on Thanksgiving weekend 1981 after falling from a yacht she owned with husband Robert Wagner while it sailed off Santa Catalina Island. Wagner was on board at the time, as was actor Christopher Walken and the yacht’s captain, Dennis Davern. Her death was ruled an accident up until now.
TMZ notes that Wood died “after an alcohol-fueled party/argument” on the yacht.
The investigation into the Wood case was reopened in November 2011 and obviously is ongoing. The fact that the death certificate was officially changed after all these years is a significant development.
Do you think that law enforcement officials will ever find out what really happened that night?