Hollywood actor Robert Wagner has declined to be interviewed by detectives in a fresh inquiry into the drowning death of his film star wife Natalie Wood three decades ago.
Mr Wagner – who is best known for starring in the television shows ‘It Takes a Thief’ and ‘Switch’ – was interviewed by authorities soon after Ms Wood’s drowning in 1981.
But the actor is the only person who was on the yacht the night she died who has not spoken to detectives as part of the latest inquiry, according to investigators – despite repeated requests.
Blair Berk, an attorney for Mr Wagner and his family, said the actor had cooperated with authorities since his wife died.
Detectives began re-investigating the case in November 2011. Since then investigators have interviewed more than 100 people, but Mr Wagner has refused and Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina has said the actor’s representatives have not given any reason for his silence.
The detective’s remarks provided new insight into the case that has remained one of Hollywood’s enduring mysteries. Earlier this week, coroner’s officials released an updated autopsy report that had been under a security hold.
It detailed why Ms Wood’s death had been reclassified from an accidental drowning to a drowning caused by ‘undetermined factors.’
‘Mr. Wagner has fully cooperated over the last 30 years in the investigation of the accidental drowning of his wife in 1981,’ Berk said in a prepared statement.
‘Mr. Wagner has been interviewed on multiple occasions by the Los Angeles sheriff’s department and answered every single question asked of him by detectives during those interviews.’
After 30 years, Berk said, neither Mr Wagner nor his daughters have any new information to add. She said the latest investigation was prompted by people seeking to exploit and sensationalize the 30th anniversary of the death.
The renewed inquiry came after the yacht’s captain Dennis Davern told ’48 Hours’ and the ‘Today’ show that he heard Mr Wagner and Ms Wood arguing the night of her disappearance and believed Mr Wagner was to blame for her death. The authorities have not identified any suspects in the case.
Ms Wood, 43, was on a yacht with Mr Wagner, Christopher Walken and the boat captain on Thanksgiving weekend of 1981 before she somehow ended up in the water.
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