United States actor Robert Wagner, 87, has been named as a “person of interest” in the 1981 drowning of his actress wife Natalie Wood, Los Angeles sheriff’s officials say.
Mystery and speculation have swirled for nearly four decades around what happened to the three times Oscar nominated actress, whose body was found floating in waters off California’s Catalina Island after a night of drinking on Thanksgiving weekend. She was 43.
She had been on a yacht with Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and the boat captain.
Initially her death was ruled an accident but the case was reopened in 2011 to investigate whether Wagner or anyone else played a role, after the boat’s captain said he heard the couple arguing the night of her disappearance.
In a statement, police spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said that new witnesses interviewed since the case was reopened have given statements that “portray a new sequence of events on the boat that night”.
One of the witnesses described hearing yelling and crashing sounds coming from the couple’s stateroom, she said.
Shortly after that, separate witnesses heard a man and woman arguing on the back of the boat and believe the voices were those of Wood and Wagner, Nishida said in the statement.
Investigators have said Wagner has not been interviewed since the probe was reopened.
They said in 2013 that they had tried at least 10 times to interview him but he refused. AAP