November 19, 2011- Authorities have succeeded in raising the interest of many by reopening the case of the death of Natalie Wood. The purpose of reopening the case remains as much a mystery as the case itself. Wood died 30 years ago near Santa Catalina Island in dark, cold waters. The incident elicited a media frenzy with rumors circulating it either was foul play or a suicide.
The authorities closes the case and ruled it an accidental drowning yet the rumors never died, even after 30 years. The actress did not know how to swim and had been drinking. Authorities are tight lipped as to why the LA County Sheriff’s Office reopened the case.
The reopening of the investigation was announced on Friday just two weeks away from the three-decade anniversary of her death. In addition, it comes just days before a CBS 48 Hours episode airs that offers a retrospective on the incident.
Dennis Dayern, the captain of the yacht where the actress was last known to be before her body was found, made the rounds on TV on Friday. He claimed Wood’s husband, actor Robert Wagner, was responsible for the death of Woods, but would not give any details. Wood’s sister Lana, was with Dayern on Friday. She has pushed for many years to have the investigation reopened.
All police would say on Friday was they received additional information that was significant enough to cause the department to reopen the case.