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Nov172011

Natalie Wood: Investigators Re-Open Actress’ 30-Year-Old Death Case

Ron Galella/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau is re-opening the investigation into the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood.

The sheriff’s department and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office initially ruled Wood’s death an accidental drowning after she went boating with her husband, Robert Wagner, and Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken off Catalina Island, Calif., on Nov. 29, 1981.

“Recently sheriff’s homicide investigators were contacted by persons who stated they had additional information about the Natalie Wood Wagner drowning,” a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release said. “Due to the additional information, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau has decided to take another look at the case.”

More details are expected to be announced at a news conference Friday.

Wood appeared in more than 56 films, notably playing James Dean’s love interest in Rebel Without a Cause.

She was married to Wagner twice. They married in 1957, divorced five years later and remarried in 1972.

Wood’s death has been a long-running mystery in Hollywood.

In 1981, Wood was with Wagner and Walken during Thanksgiving weekend on the couple’s boat, the Splendour, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Wagner and Walken reportedly got into an argument after they returned from drinks at a local restaurant.

Wood went to the master cabin bathroom, but Wagner noted as he was going to bed that he noticed Wood wasn’t there, the Times reported.

“It is believed that the dinghy had gotten loose and Wood came up on deck to tie it up,” where she fell and drowned, the Times reported.

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